TORONTO, October 17th: Join the Zoryan Institute on November 5, 2023 at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Humanities Wing (HW), Room #305, at 2:00 pm for a book talk with Dr. Lok Siu of UC Berkeley. Prof. Siu will be discussing her latest co-edited book, The Chinese Diaspora: Its Development in Global Perspective, published by the Zoryan Institute. This event is hosted by the International Institute for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) with the collaboration of  MPP Aris Babikian, Scarborough-Agincourt.

There are nearly 60 million Chinese living overseas today. The Chinese Diaspora: Its Development in Global Perspective is an accessible and invaluable text for anyone studying or interested in this increasingly important subject. The collection features three overarching areas that both shape and are shaped by the diaspora – culture, entrepreneurship, and migration – and highlights the heterogeneity of Chinese diasporic communities in historical context, as well as their relationships with the homeland and adopted nation-states. The book presents carefully selected case studies that span across North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

This book talk is taking place during Canada’s 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act whereby the Canadian Government prohibited Chinese immigration and enforced anti-Chinese racism and policies in 1923. Our aim with this event is to strengthen educational efforts to celebrate the contributions of the Chinese Diaspora, and to also recognize the long-term impacts of the exclusionary legislation and combat contemporary anti-Asian and anti-Chinese racism in Canada.


CLICK HERE to watch a promo video of this book!

About the Author

Lok Siu is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and was recently promoted to Chair at her university. She is the author of the award-winning book, Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama. Prof. Siu is currently completing a manuscript tentatively titled, Chino Latin: Recovering Hemispheric Asian America, which explores the transnational connections among Asians in the Americas within the context of coloniality, geopolitics, and competing nationalisms. She is also expanding her interest into food studies and working on an ethnography tentatively titled, The Food Truck Generation.

About the Journal


Since 1991, the Zoryan Institute has published the Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, an academic journal that takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of diaspora, featuring articles that cover over forty-five different diasporic communities. The Institute for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) was established to further the research and publication in the field.

For more information on Diaspora, visit here.