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Genealogy 2017, 1(1), 3;

Problematizing the Chinese Experience in America

History Department, University of Colorado at Boulder, 234 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0234, USA
Academic Editor: Philip Kretsedemas
Received: 2 October 2016 / Revised: 29 November 2016 / Accepted: 29 November 2016 / Published: 20 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue What is Genealogy?)
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The essay addresses the question “What is Genealogy?” through a consideration of the value of traditional genealogical narratives of families for the Chinese state and society, and the implications of their absence for those caught up in the 19th century diaspora to America. Using genealogy as a method of critical inquiry, however, enables scholars to begin studying the significance of this phenomenon in the lives of Chinese immigrants and the centrality of family in safeguarding their legacy. It does this through an examination of the lives of two Chinese community leaders in Denver’s Chinatown. It concludes with a call for a horizontal genealogical study of community leaders in order to have a better understanding of who they were and the role they played in Chinese America. View Full-Text
Keywords: genealogy; problematization; family; Chinese Americans genealogy; problematization; family; Chinese Americans
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