Seminar

Hidden Histories: Chinese Migrants in the Russian Far East during the Late 19th Century

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    Asia/Hong_KongHidden Histories: Chinese Migrants in the Russian Far East during the Late 19th Century
      Overview

      Title:

      Hidden Histories: Chinese Migrants in the Russian Far East during the Late 19th Century

      Speaker:

      Dr. Victor Zatsepine (Research Assistant Professor, Department of History, The University of Hong Kong)

      Date:

      April 29, 2010

      Time:

      4:30 pm

      Venue:

      The Reading Room, Room G-4 (Ground Floor), Tang Chi Ngong Building, The University of Hong Kong

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 2859-2460
      (Email) casgen@hku.hk

      Abstract

      In 1858 and 1860, Imperial Russia acquired large expanses of territory, north of the Amur River and east of the Ussuri River, stretching to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan, including Sakhalin Island. New Russian towns, settlements, and administrative regions were established. A new border between Imperial Russia and the Qing Empire allowed considerable flexibility in bi-lateral trade, migration and settlement. Chinese migrants became an integral part of the new border towns of the Russian Far East (RFE). Chinese farmers, railway workers and traders were a major economic driving force in the RFE, but their contribution to the economic development of the Russian towns was downplayed by xenophobic sentiments of the Tsarist officials towards the Asian population, and by later official historiography in Russia and the Soviet Union. This talk details the challenges of writing a social history of Chinese migrants in the border towns of Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.

      About the Speaker

      Dr. Victor Zatsepine is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History in the University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the frontier regions and the social history of the late Qing China and Imperial Russia. Currently Dr. Zatsepine is completing a manuscript analysing the history of the Qing-Russian frontier during the late imperial period.

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