11 NOV 2022 ISSUE 12
3. Collections Spotlight — Chinese Overseas Collection

The Chinese Overseas Collection of CUHK Library covers rich research materials on Chinese immigrants in various countries from the 19th century to the present day. Established in 2002, the collection originates in the Overseas Chinese Archives transferred from the Chinese Overseas Studies Centre of CUHK and later incorporated with other resources of the Library. The Collection contains scholarly books, periodicals, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, primary sources from Qiaoxiang in China (the emigrant villages of the Chinese overseas), and publications of Chinese political parties and associations in Southeast Asia and North America and other regions of the world. 

The circulating items of the Collection are located on 3/F University Library, and the Chinese in Cuba Archives can be found in the Library’s Digital Repository. The following will introduce some resources and highlighted Collection items which are important for the study of Chinese Overseas.

Qiaokan (Emigrant Villages Newsletters)

Emigrant villages published their own local Qiaokan (emigrant villages newsletters) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to keep their emigrants informed of local matters and to provide them with a communication forum in their hometowns. Among the Qiaokan titles collected from the 1980s to the mid-1990s, many of them were from Jiangmen City and Five Counties (i.e. Taishan, Kaiping, Enping, Xinhui and Heshan) of west Guangdong, as these areas represent the Qiaoxiang of earlier immigrants since the late 19th century.

Xin Ning Magazine
, vol. 4, 1985

Xin Ning Magazine, one of the important Qiaokan, was published in 1909 at Taishang (former name Xinning), the capital of the Five Counties in Guangdong Province and the home of Qiaokan. Most Qiaoxiang serials were discontinued after 1949 and revived three decades later when Mainland China initiated an open-door policy. Following the Cultural Revolution, Xin Ning Magazine became the first Qiaokan revived in late 1978. In addition to village news and events, it contains rich investment and consulting fair information for Chinese overseas. 

The Publications of Migrant Associations 

The publications of migrant associations are primary sources for studying the migration history of Hong Kong Chinese. They contain valuable narratives of Chinese immigrants and related organizations. Early settlers formed their organizations based upon common identities of dialect and locality in immigrant societies. Their publications reveal not only their immigrant history but also their interactions with immigrant villages in China.      

The Hong Kong Hui Clan Association Journal, 1960 

For instance, The Hong Kong Hui Clan, founded in 1953, published its association journals that cover information about activities of the Hui Clan in America, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and other parts of the world. The publications also include a selection of news about Chinese overseas. 

Chinese in Cuba Archive @CUHK Digital Repository 

The Chinese in Cuba Archive contains more than 500 files dated from 1918 to 2019. Among these files, there are 358 items of documents and manuscripts, 91 items of photos, 61 items of printed materials and 7 items of video. In addition to the materials scanned in Cuba, the archive also includes documents from Hong Kong: letters from the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals relating to its service of repatriating the mains of Cuban Chinese, and materials provided by the Hong Kong descendants of Messrs. Huang Jiazhuo and Wu Yuhua.
Group photo taken on 28 June 1928 at the founding of the
Xin Hui Wen Liu Natives' Association of Havana. 


Related links: 

CUHK Chinese Overseas Studies LibGuides:  https://libguides.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/cos 
Chinese in Cuba Archive: https://repository.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/collection/cuhkcuba 
Chinese in Cuba: Luis Peng Fan papers: https://archives.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/repositories/5/resources/457 



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2. New Hong Kong Literature Hub
3. Collections Spotlight — Chinese Overseas Collection
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