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Disconnecting transnational ties: The Chinese Pacific Weekly and the transformation of Chinese American community after the Second World War

ByXIAOJIAN ZHAO

In a collection of essays that appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of The China Review, guest edited by Bryna Goodman, a group of historians studying Chinese newspapers discussed the complexity of Chinese newspaper identity during the late Qing and Republic eras. These scholars documented a variety of imagined spaces cultivated by the medium that often crossed the boundaries of a single nation-state. The different levels of imagined community, articulated by newspapers published in China, demonstrate that transnationalism is not a recent phenomenon associated with global economic activities and communication; rather, it existed long before the internet and cyberspace entered daily life.1