This book addresses the historical and contemporary involvement of Chinese Americans from diverse walks of life in U.S.-China relations. The contributors present new evidence and fresh perspectives on familiar and unfamiliar national and transnational networks - including families, businesspersons, community newspapers, students, lobbyists, philanthropists, and scientists - and consider the likely future impact of such contacts on the most important bilateral relationship at the start of the new millennium. The volume makes a multidisciplinary contribution to understanding the extensive and vital roles and promise of Chinese Americans at this critical juncture in U.S.-China relations, and to revealing the importance of migrants as actors in contemporary global politics. The assessments shared by the contributors suggest that the nature and scope of the Chinese American involvement, particularly in global civil society networks, increasingly will determine the outcome of state-to-state relations between the United States and the PRC.
Foreword, Him Mark Lai Introduction: Chinese American Transnational and U.S.-China Relations: Presence and Promise for the Trans-Pacific Century, Peter Koehn and Xiao-huang Yin Part I. The Chinese American Presence: Impact and Implications 1. Historical Connections Between the Chinese Trans-Pacific Family and U.S.-China Relations, Haming Liu 2. Navigating U.S. Waters: The Experience of Chinese Students and Professionals in Science, Technology, and Business, Sufei Li 3. Transnational Sensibilities in Chinese American Diasporic Literature, Quian Suoqiao Part II. Contemporary Activism: Changing Orientations and Participation in Shaping U.S. Policy Toward China 4. The Involvement of Chinese Americans in China-Related Issues: Implications of a North Carolina Study of Current Political Orientations and Future Expectations, Yuhang Shi, 5. From Apathy to Inquiry and Activism: The Changing Role of American-Born Chinese in U.S.-China Relations, Nancy Yao 6. Communicating through Conflict, Compromise, and Cooperation: The Strategic Role of Chinese American Scholars in the U.S.-China Relationship, James Jinguo Shen 7. From the China Lobby to the Taiwan Lobby: Movers and Shakers of the U.S.-China-Taiwan Triangular Relationship, Tsung Chi 8. Chinese Americans' Views on U.S.-China Relations: An Analysis Based on Chinese-Community Newspapers Published in the United States, Xiaojian Zhao Part III. Expanding Networks and Prospects for Transnational Cooperation 9. Chinese American Business Networks and Trans-Pacific Economic Relations Since 1970s, Wellington K.K. Chan 10. A Neglected Minority in a Neglected Field: The Emerging Role of Chinese American Philanthropy in U.S.-China Relations, John J. Deeney 11. Improving Mainland Society and U.S.-China Relations: A Case Study of Four Chinese American-Led Transnational Associations, Norton Wheeler 12. Chinese American Scientists and U.S.-China Scientific Relations: From Richard Nixon to Wen Ho Lee, Zuoyue Wang 13. The Role of Cross-Nationally Competent Chinese-Americans in Environmental Interdependence Challenges: Potential and Prospects, Peter Koehn Conclusion: Transnationalism, Diversity, and the Future of U.S.-China Relations, Peter Koehn and Xiao-huang Yin