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FA-56767-12Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersMelissa Ann MacauleyChaozhou Sojourners: Violence, Migration, and Power in the South China Seas, 1844-19279/1/2012 - 8/31/2013$50,400.00MelissaAnnMacauley   Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIL60208-0001USA2011East Asian HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

I study a southeast coastal region of China in its transnational context. I focus on an important sojourning group of laborers, merchants, and smugglers in their native place (Chaozhou) as well as in Shanghai and Southeast Asia. This group relied on superior institutions of migration, the masterful use of legal and illegal strategies in their interactions with Europeans, and the disciplined advancement of group interests in order to best the Western imperialists at their own international game and emerge with other Chinese sojourning groups as the economic masters of the South China Seas. I hope to reassess the history of capitalism and imperialism in East Asia by applying the social framework of the native place group (as opposed to “the Chinese” or the “Overseas Chinese”) and the geographical framework--however vague--of the uncharted borders of the maritime world in which Chaozhou people lived their lives.