Articles by My China Roots: Histories or mystories?

Why have so many Chinese gone overseas?

The weather, Christian fundamentalism, greed, babies? Fashion, automation, bling? None of it may seem likely at first, but each played a role in the making of today’s overseas Chinese.

Successions of crop failures, the Taiping Rebellion, banditry, overpopulation: all pushed millions to seek a better life abroad. At the same time, commercial opportunities created by the silk trade, the UK’s Industrial Revolution, Europe’s expansion and North America’s Gold Rush drew countless Chinese to set up new homes overseas.