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Chinese Overseas

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Author(s): Gungwu, Wang
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 all Taiwan Chinese. In November 1992, The Economist spoke of over 50 million "Chinese overseas" building their networks of business, and included among them th…