Remembering the Samsui Women: Migration and Social Memory in by Kelvin E. Y. Low

By Kelvin E. Y. Low

Remembering the Samsui Women tells the tale of girls from the Samsui region of Guangdong, China, who migrated to Singapore in the course of a interval of financial and average calamities, leaving their households in the back of. of their new kingdom, many stumbled on paintings within the development undefined, whereas others labored in families or factories, the place they have been known as hong tou jin, translated actually as "red-head-scarf," after headgear that safe them from the solar. including directly to present debates within the fields of social reminiscence and migration reviews, this can be the 1st booklet to envision how the Samsui girls take into account their very own migratory studies and the way they, in flip, are being remembered as pioneering figures in either Singapore and China.

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This meeting between China and the West, coupled with foreign and domestic developments, precipitated shifts in the development and opening of China that eventually changed Chinese policies and attitudes regarding Chinese emigration (Hsü 1995). Mass emigration from China commenced around the middle of the eighteenth century and persisted right into the 1920s (Fitzgerald 1962; Kuhn 2008). While it has been widely acknowledged that the reasons for such mass movement came from within China itself, external influences and circumstances also spurred Chinese emigration (Kuhn 2008).

As they had not fulfilled their obligations to their families and the state, the overseas Chinese had “forfeited their rights to protection from the Chinese government” (Yen 1981, 263). ). Nevertheless, despite the promulgation of coercive laws concerning emigration, Chinese people, especially those from the coastal provinces, had been emigrating for a long Chinese Migration and Entangled Histories 27 time (Saw 1999; Wang 1968) and many officials accepted this state of affairs, although they could not condone it openly (Kuhn 2008).

Overall, these avenues of interrogation form the basis on which reconstructions of the “nation” can be further evaluated in two ways. First, how can the nation be historiographically reproduced to reflect boundary intercrossings within the context of Chinese migration in history? Second, how do the different instrumentalizations of migratory histories and memories engender further conceptions of the nation and national identity with regard to representations of the past in contemporaneous contexts?

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