Chinese Migration and Cross-Border Practices in the Russian-Chinese Interaction in the Far East: Four Stages of Intercultural Dialogue


Russian-Chinese interaction in the Far East covers relations between the two largest world civilizations: Russia and China. One of its most important features is Chinese migration in the Russian Far Eastern (RFE) border region. This article analyzes the role and importance of Chinese migration as an integral component of the Sino-Russian cross-border interactions that has had varied effects over the past century and a half. Chinese migration is an indispensable condition for the emergence and development of cross-border practices in the RFE and the presence and economic activity of Chinese migrants ensures the continued development of forms of cross-border interaction and, in general, the dialogue between the cultures. To substantiate this thesis, systemic and historical-chronological methods are used to analyze a significant amount of factual and statistical material accumulated by historical research in the works of Russian and Chinese historians and social researchers.

Author Biography

Olga V. Zalesskaia, Blagoveshchensk State Pedagogical University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia

Olga V. Zalesskaia, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor, Dean of the International Faculty, Blagoveschensk State Pedagogical University, Amur Region, Russia. She has taught courses on Chinese history and Russian-Chinese relations. After defending her doctoral thesis in 2009 on ‘’The history of the Chinese migrants in the Russian Far East (1858-1938)”, Zalesskaia continued her research into Russian-Chinese relations in the 19th-20th centuries, including the problem of Chinese migration to the Russian Far East and the problem of Chinese migrants’ integration into the social and economic life of the host society. Her 150 publications include articles, presentations at academic conferences and round tables and two monographs.


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How to Cite
Zalesskaia, O. (2020). Chinese Migration and Cross-Border Practices in the Russian-Chinese Interaction in the Far East: Four Stages of Intercultural Dialogue. Changing Societies & Personalities, 4(4), 528–541. doi:10.15826/csp.2020.4.4.115