Graduation Year

2015

Date of Submission

12-2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Government

Reader 1

Minxin Pei

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Abstract

Diaspora’s have existed for millennia but are only recently receiving scholarly attention. India and China possess two of the world’s largest diaspora and their populations are projected to grow significantly in the first half of the 21st century. As a result, their contributions are expected to play a far more prominent role in India and China’s political economy. Through a comparative analysis of India and China’s diaspora policies in three sample countries, this thesis explores the relationship between Indian and Chinese government institutions and the performance of their global diaspora. Lacking the extensive network and sophistication of China’s diaspora institutions, the Indian government can do more to build on the progress of the past decade. The primary policy implication for the Indian government is that if it is to boost investment, knowledge transfer, and perceived soft power, it should adapt the Chinese institutional model as a blueprint for its own overseas engagement policy and institutional infrastructure.

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