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Writing the South Seas: Imaging the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature

Studies the Chinese postcolonial literature about ‘Nanyang’ or the South Seas implied to the current Southeast Asia, focusing on history of Chinese migration in this region, localization and interethnic exchange. Examines impressions of Chinese travelers to the South, experiences of trans-imperialism between China-West-Japan, and Chinese ethno-nationalism. Explores diasporic experiences from Chinese Malaysian students’ migration to Taiwan with hope for higher education and returning their cultural roots but facing geopolitics instability. Studies the transnational context of Sinophone or Chinese-speaking region, multiracialism in Singapore, and Thai novels about successful Chinese migrations.