New Patterns of Chinese Migration to the Americas: Mexico City and Lima

  • Ximena Alba VillaleverEmail author
  • Felipe Rubio


This chapter investigates contemporary Chinese migration to and within Latin America. While this migration system dates back to the sixteenth century, it gained steam during the global migrations that took place in the late nineteenth century and continues unabated. Through a historical analysis and in-depth interviews, the piece looks at the trajectory and contemporary experience of Chinese migrants in two major global cities: Mexico City and Lima. This chapter contrasts the experiences of Fujianese and Cantonese who follow family networks of migration to Lima to that of Chinese migrant women of different regional origins who enter as vendors in Mexico City's popular markets. In their analysis, the authors emphasize the salience of translocal migration and show how historical and contemporary Chinese migrations have built steadily and contributed to the development of links and connections across territories, informing the transformation of local spaces in destination countries.


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  1. 1.Lateinamerika-InstitutFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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