Editor's Introduction.

Author:Lee, Jonathan H.X.
Position:Editorial
 
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First and foremost, we wish to thank you for your continued support of the Chinese Historical Society of America. With your membership and support to CHSA we are able to continue our work in educating, promoting, and preserving the rich contributions of the Chinese in America. This issue is the culmination of CHSA's "This Land Is Our Land": Chinese Pluralities through the Americas conference held October 6-8, 2017. The conference, which was dedicated to the work and memory of Philip P. Choy (December 17, 1926-March 16, 2017), was an overwhelming success. The conference invited submissions by scholars, graduate students, community members, activists, artists, filmmakers, journalists, professionals, and people who work for nonprofit organizations that serve Chinese communities in the Americas. We welcomed submissions of oral histories, local community histories, and other historically related narratives. The conference themes anchored and expanded the meaning of Chinese pluralities: they encompassed expansions, inclusions, and currents. First, we wish to expand the boundaries and borders of Chinese American history and, by extension, Chinese in the Americas and Chinese American studies. In addition to the primary conference theme, we invite explorations of the experiences of Chinese immigrants (from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other diasporic Chinese communities and subjects) in Canada and South/Latin America (e.g., Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela); and explorations of the emigres of the Sinophone diaspora as revealed by the Sino-Southeast Asian American communities and experiences. Second, we wish to include diverse and plural perspectives of Chinese American history, and Chinese in the Americas and Chinese American subjects. In particular, we wish to include critical research that explores issues among Queer or LBTQQI Chinese/ Chinese Americans; youth; undocumented Americans; the disenfranchised; the elderly; and colonized "Chinese" subjects. Third, we invite research that explores the currents, crossings, and connections of subjects, communities, cultures, and ideas from "China" and the global Chinese diaspora to the Americas. The ebb and flow of currents and movements of plural subjects to the Americas is nested in global networks and linkages, structural forces and policies, and formal and informal connections. Critical new and fresh perspectives and investigations of Chinese American...

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