Chinese Mixed Race in Transnational Comparison

Sawyer Seminar IV

How have Sino-American, Sino-Mexican, and Sino-Tibetan exchanges contributed to the historical formation of different Chinese mixed-race or mixed-ethnic communities across China and the Pacific?  How have the presence of these communities reshaped and challenged racial thinking, official multiculturalism, and the racial or ethnic divisions of power across national or cultural boundaries?  How have individuals of mixed Chinese descent creatively articulated and reflected upon their experiences navigating the margins of different political, cultural, and religious systems?

USC Conference Convenors: Duncan WilliamsBrian C. Bernards, and Velina Hasu Houston


"At the Fringes of the Color Line: Re-Examining the One-Drop Rule Through the Transpacific Crossings of Chinese-White Biracials, 1912-1942"
Emma J. Teng

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations and Associate Professor of Chinese Studies; author of Taiwan's Imagined Geography: Chinese Colonial Travel Writing and Pictures, 1683-1895 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2006) and Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842–1943 (University of California Press, 2013).

"Crossing Boundaries, Claiming a Homeland: Chinese Latinos' Transpacific Journeys and the Quest to Belong"
Julia María Schiavone-Camacho

University of Texas-El Paso, Assistant Professor of History; author of Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) and “Crossing Boundaries, Claiming a Homeland: The Mexican Chinese Transpacific Journey to Becoming Mexican, 1930s-1960s,” Pacific Historical Review (2009).

"Sino-Tibetan Hybridity and Ethnic Identity Perception in China"
Patricia Schiaffini

Southwestern University, Assistant Professor of Chinese; editor of Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change (Duke University Press, 2008).

**Please e-mail Kana Yoshida at to preregister, and if you would like to receive advanced copies of presenter papers for this seminar (highly encouraged!).

Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.