This presentation examines the consequences of migration for political transformation in origin communities in China. Lu broadens previous scholarly focus on the transnational activism of politically conscious migrants to include “unselfconscious transnationalism” that is more common and potentially more influential. Yao Lu is assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on how migration and immigration intersect with social, economic, and political processes across diverse contexts. She is especially interested in understanding the role of migration in social and political change in migrant-sending areas.