Diaspora Delivers Diversity: Overseas Returned Students and China’s Modernization

Speaker: David Zweig
Director, Center on China's Transnational Relations
Chair Professor, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Date: Monday, 20 April 2009

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: SO-102, Dorothy Y. L. Wong Building, Lingnan University



Since 1978, over 1.3 million Chinese students and scholars have gone overseas from China to study and do research. To date, over 390,000 have returned; many have also settled in Hong Kong.

What role do they play in China’s post-Mao era? Prof Zweig has been doing research on this topic since the early 1990s, involving hundreds of interviews, over 7 surveys of returnees (since 1997), some carried out with the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as well as surveys and interviews with mainlanders who have chosen to stay abroad. He has published about 10 research papers on the topic and is currently writing a book on the “hai gui pai.”


David Zweig is Chair Professor, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Director of the Center on China’s Transnational Relations. He writes extensively on China’s relationship to the outside world, particularly China’s overseas student diaspora and returnees to the mainland, Hong Kong-mainland ties, and China’s “resource diplomacy”.

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Department of Political Science


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