The Language of Incorporation: The Chinese Migrants in Central-Eastern Europe

Lecture | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Amy H. Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Government, UT Austin

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The Chinese are one of the largest migrant groups in Central-Eastern Europe. Yet, we know very little about their behavior as a group or the region as a migration destination. In this talk, I draw on original survey data, interview observations, and newspaper text analysis in five countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia). I demonstrate how the Chinese – specifically those in Mandarin-speaking networks – engage voluntarily and positively with the authorities; trust the locals and are inclined to help them; and show a predisposition towards identifying with the host country. And to ascertain whether the behavior of the Chinese in Central-Eastern Europe is unique, I will also compare them to (1) the Arab migrants in the region; and (2) the Chinese migrants in Western Europe.