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Since the beginning of the 21st century, Asian American scholarships have reached a new level of maturity. Concepts such as transnationalism, disaspora and globalization have provided new frameworks for research. More recent scholarships began to place the Chinese in America in a larger historical context beyond national boundaries, and emphasize the dynamics of Chinese American community as fluid and flexible global networks. To further promote a transnational, transcultural and multilingual approach to the discourse of the Chinese transnational and diaspora experience, we organize this small-scale, high-level, and invitation-only symposium entitled New Perspectives on Transnational Chinese Culture and History. The University of Hong Kong is the ideal place for such a symposium. We invite established scholars who have published influential publications in this field. The goal of the symposium is to explore new themes, interpretation and theories on historical and contemporary Chinese experience in America. The ultimate goal of the symposium is a monograph publishable in the Global Connection Series by the University of Hong Kong Press. The sponsor of this symposium is the American Studies Program in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Each participant presents a paper based on new individual research interest. With transnationalism as theoretical approach, each paper should have its own specific themes, crucial issues, meaningful stories, and new scholarly implications in the context of Chinese transnational studies and historiography.

When and Where
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 1-3, 2013.

Symposium Format
The Symposium will consist of several sessions of round-table discussion. Each session will be about one hour long during which participants will present followed by comments and questions from other symposium participants including scholars from the University of Hong Kong and other universities in Hong Kong. Each presentation is limited to 20-25 minutes followed by 25-30 minutes of comments and questions. We ask that each participant submits a draft of his or her paper by May 20, 2013 to Haiming Liu [hliu1@hku.hk]. The papers will be distributed to the fellow participants before the symposium begins.

We will publish the proceedings as an essay collection. Contributors will be asked to submit their final essays for purposes of publication by the end of December 2013.

Please email a working draft of the paper for distribution to fellow conference participants by May 20, 2013. We also need a brief bio-note and abstract of your paper as soon as possible.

Contact Person
Please correspond with Haiming Liu at [hliu1@hku.hk]. For conference logistics, please contact Zena Cheung [zcheung@hku.hk]