The Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore is inviting papers that focus on Chinese voluntary associations (CVAS).
CVAS generally refer to “those associations that originate out of the migrant communities and are controlled by them, hence not official and non-governmental, even though many of these might have worked in collaboration with the… government” (Kuah-Pearce and Hu-dehart, 2006).
Different kinds of CVAS were developed along with the spatial mobilities of migrants with the same place of origin, dialect, lineage, surname or religion who lived, worked and studied away from ancestral places. They often formed essential components of the social fabric of migrant communities. Many of these associations were originally developed during the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1636-1912) dynasties, and spread through the Chinese diaspora to many parts of the world. Members in different associations were bound together through common welfare or economic interests. Arguably, CVAS have undergone tremendous transformations in this day and age, but they still play important roles in the social life of Chinese migrants in and outside China.
Read more about the call here.