The Language of Incorporation: The Chinese Migrants in Central-Eastern Europe
Lecture | October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
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.