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6th Chinese in Prato and 4th Wenzhouese Diaspora Symposia

Chinese migration, entrepreneurship and development in the new global economy

29-30 October 2013

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Visit the program webpage to: 
  • download the presentations
  • listen to the audio podcasts
  • view the video of the keynote address
The final program outline as well as abstracts and author biographical notes are downloadable here below.

Special event

Welcome reception and screening of ‘L’Occupazione Cinese: Made in Prato’,
a documentary by Massimo Luconi, produced by D4 with Rai Cinema (in Italian with English subtitles)
Following the aperitif and institutional welcome, Massimo Luconi himself will introduce the documentary.
Tuesday 29 October 2013 6.30pm-8.30pm
PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’, Piazza Giovanni Ciardi, 25, Prato, Tuscany, Italy

Keynote address

Authors: Professor Gary G. Hamilton, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies, and Associate Director, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and Mr Donald Fels, Independent scholar.
Wednesday 30 October 2013 9am-10am
Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vai, via Pugliesi, 26, Prato, Tuscany, Italy




Since 2007, the symposia have been held in alternate years at the Monash Prato Centre and Wenzhou University as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between these universities, the PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’ - University of Florence, and the Prato Province. This collaboration has fostered valuable contributions to knowledge and understanding of the migrant experience, in the sending and receiving societies, by means of symposia and conferences, cultural events and the many publications in multiple languages which have resulted from our research.

About the 2013 symposia

It is common that migrants coming from the same sending areas form communities in the receiving societies, in which members are linked by social and economic networks. These networks usually extend to people who remain in the sending areas. It is also known that Wenzhou Chinese migration is characterised by a specific entrepreneurial culture (small family businesses which are often interconnected) and that Chinese communities are scattered all over the world and linked by networks. In recent decades, marked by increasing globalisation and the rise of China as an economic superpower, the role of Chinese migrants and in particular of Chinese entrepreneurs (especially transnational entrepreneurs) has dramatically changed, with important consequences for the economic, social and political contexts of both the sending and receiving areas. Despite the significance of this change, little is known about its processes and consequences. Gathering to discuss new research from an interdisciplinary perspective on these issues, the 2013 symposia aim at reaching a better understanding of Chinese migration in the present era of globalisation.

Call for papers

The call for papers closed on 19 April 2013. The organisers have notified all authors of the outcome of their submission.


Free. Registration has closed.

Travel, accommodation and visas

Travel and accommodation costs and bookings are the responsibility of individual participants. We encourage you to book your accommodation early. Please refer to our Accommodation webpage for suggestions. It is the responsibility of visitors to the Monash Prato Centre to inform themselves of visa requirements for Italy and to make suitable arrangements. Please refer to our Visa information webpage for further information.

Poster session resources

For poster presenters, please ensure that your poster meets the requirements outlined in the 'Information about poster session' sheet (downloadable at bottom of this webpage). You may also find the following resources useful in preparing an effective poster presentation:

San Francisco Edit. no date. Developing an Effective Poster Presentation. URL=, visited 4 July 2013.
Hess, G.R., K. Tosney, and L. Liegel. 2013. Creating Effective Poster Presentations. URL=, visited 4 July 2013.
Roundtree, A. no date. Poster for Humanities and Social Sciences. URL=, visited 4 July 2013.
The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2007. Poster Presentations. URL=, visited 4 July 2013.
Centre for Learning Technology of the London School of Economics and Political Science. no date. Poster design tips. URL=, visited 4 July 2013.
Sample poster and 'Creating a poster using Microsoft PowerPoint' with thanks to Manonita Ghosh (documents downloadable at bottom of this webpage).

Scientific advisers

PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’ - University of Florence
Prof. Gabi Dei Ottati, Prof. Simone Guercini
Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies 
European University Institute
Prof. Philippe Fargues, Dr Agnieszka Weinar, Dr Marco Sanfilippo, Dr Kathryn Lum
Monash University Prato Centre
Dr Cecilia Hewlett 
Monash University, Melbourne
Prof. Loretta Baldassar, A/Prof. Graeme Johanson
School of Business, University of Wenzhou
Prof. Yili Zhang


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Co-financed by

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Under the patronage of

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Enquiries about the symposia may be directed to Narelle McAuliffe, Research Officer, Monash University Prato Centre.