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Chinese Overseas
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The term "Chinese overseas" (huaqiao) denotes sojourners, meaning Chinese nationals who are aliens living temporarily in foreign countries. For those who are ethnically Chinese, but are foreign citizens or nationals of countries over which China has no claim, the word is now (haiwai)huaren (Chinese overseas) or huayi (descendants of Chinese). None of these terms include Hong Kong or Macau Chinese, least of…

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Gungwu, Wang, “Chinese Overseas”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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