In this seminar Amy Liu will discuss the behavior of Chinese Migrants in Eastern Central Europe towards authorities and the other way around, based on her recent research.
The Chinese are one of the largest migrant groups in Central-Eastern Europe. Yet, we know very little about their behavior as a group or the region as a migration destination.
In this talk, Amy Lui draws on original survey data, interview observations, and newspaper text analysis in five countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia). She will demonstrate how the Chinese – specifically those in Mandarin-speaking networks – engage voluntarily and positively with the authorities; trust the locals and are inclined to help them; and show a predisposition towards identifying with the host country.
To ascertain whether the behavior of the Chinese in Central-Eastern Europe is unique, she will also compare them to (1) the Arab migrants in the region; and (2) the Chinese migrants in Western Europe.
Amy Liu is Associate Professor at the Department of Government of the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked on the politics of language, inquiring why governments recognize languages and with what effects. This work was published among others in her book Standardizing Diversity: The Political Economy of Language Regimes (2015, University of Pennsylvania Press). More recently, she has worked on languages used within migrant communities and how these networks affect political incorporation levels. She is also interested in the intersection of politics and pronouns.