Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia

Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia

By: Mika Toyota (editor), Biao Xiang (editor), Brenda S. A. Yeoh (editor)Paperback

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Since the late 1990s, Asian nations have increasingly encouraged, facilitated, or demanded the return of emigrants. In this interdisciplinary collection, distinguished scholars from countries around the world explore the changing relations between nation-states and transnational mobility. Taking into account illegally trafficked migrants, deportees, temporary laborers on short-term contracts, and highly skilled emigres, the contributors argue that the figure of the returnee energizes and redefines nationalism in an era of increasingly fluid and indeterminate national sovereignty. They acknowledge the diversity, complexity, and instability of reverse migration, while emphasizing its discursive, policy, and political significance at a moment when the tensions between state power and transnational subjects are particularly visible. Taken together, the essays foreground Asia as a useful site for rethinking the intersections of migration, sovereignty, and nationalism.Contributors. Sylvia Cowan, Johan Lindquist, Melody Chia-wen Lu, Koji Sasaki, Shin Hyunjoon, Mariko Asano Tamanoi, Mika Toyota, Carol Upadhya, Wang Cangbai, Xiang Biao, Brenda S. A. Yeoh

About Author

Xiang Biao is University Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Global "Body Shopping": An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry. Brenda S. A. Yeoh is Professor in Geography at the National University of Singapore. She is a coeditor of The Cultural Politics of Talent Migration in East Asia. Mika Toyota is Associate Professor in the College of Tourism at Rikkyo University. She and Yeoh are coeditors of Migration and Health in Asia.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction. Return and the Reordering of Transnational Mobility in Asia / Xiang Biao 1 1. To Return or Not to Return: The Changing Meaning of Mobility among Japanese Brazilians, 1908-2010 / Koji Sasaki 21 2. Soldier's Home: War, Migration, and Delayed Return in Postwar Japan / Mariko Asano Tamanoi 39 3. Guiqiao as Political Subjects in the Making of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979 / Wang Cangbai 63 4. Transnational Encapsulation: Compulsory Return as a Labor-Migration Control in East Asia / Xiang Biao 83 5. Cambodians Go "Home": Forced Returns and Redisplacement Thirty Years after the American War in Indochina / Sylvia R. Cowan 100 6. Rescue, Return, in Place: Deportees, "Victims," and the Regulation of Indonesian Migration / Johan Lindquist 122 7. Return of the Global Indian: Software Professionals and the Worlding of Bangalore / Carol Upadhya 141 8. Ethnicizing, Capitalizing, and Nationalizing: South Korea and the Returning Korean Chinese / Melody Chia-Wen Lu and Shen Hyunjoon 162 Contributors 179 References 183 Index 205

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  • ISBN13: 9780822355311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780822355311
  • ISBN10: 0822355310

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