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Evelyn Hu-Dehart: Global South Talk

Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 03:00pm - 04:30pm

The Global South Workshop

presents a talk by

Evelyn Hu-Dehart

(Brown University)

"Spain's Pacific Empire and the Chinese Diaspora:  Convergence and Intersection"

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

3:00 pm

Van Dyck Hall 301


In the mid-16th century, two seemingly unconnected phenomena converged and produced the first modern globalization that linked every inhabited part of the world (save Australia) through commerce and migration.  New Spain (colonial Mexico) in the Americas was the nexus bridging the Atlantic world (North and South) and the Pacific/Indian Ocean world, which China had thoroughly explored and dominated for centuries.   Hungry for American silver but wary of allowing foreigners to roam freely in China, the Ming government permitted, even encouraged, Chinese traders from south coastal Fujian province located closest to Las Filipinas to bring silk, porcelain and other luxury trade goods to Manila, the Spanish colonial capital, which was administered as an extension of the Viceroyalty of New Spain/Mexico. 

In twenty some years, the Chinese community of Manila grew to 20 to 30,000, making it the largest Chinese population outside China, in effect, signifying the beginning of the Chinese diaspora which would see tens of millions of Chinese migrants from south China trading, working and otherwise populating European empires--Dutch, British, French--throughout Southeast Asia from the mid-16th through the mid-20th centuries.


Flyer: Hu-Dehart_Evelyn_Global_South_Workshop_November_6_2019.pdf