The Everyday Experiences and Practices of Asian Migrants

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: The Everyday Experiences and Practices of Asian Migrants
Stream: Geography
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Panelists:
Yeong-Hyun Kim, Ohio University, United States (organizer, presenter, chair)
Bemen Wong, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (presenter)
Man Xu, University of Toronto, Canada (presenter)
Ljiljana Marković, University of Belgrade, Serbia (presenter, discussant)
Biljana Djorić Francuski, University of Belgrade, Serbia (presenter, discussant)
Xiaoqing Liu, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (presenter)

Abstract:

According to the latest ILO global estimates (2017), there are 258 million international migrants worldwide, and more than 41 percent of them were born in Asia. It is widely documented that people cross borders for a variety of reasons, and that they experience migration in a number of different ways. This panel seeks to examine the everyday experiences and practices of Asian migrants through five case studies: Chinese entrepreneurs in Iran, Indonesian plantation workers in Malaysia, Filipino manufacturing workers in South Korea, South Asian colonial migrants in the UK, and Chinese return migrants in South China. These case studies should illustrate and explain the interplay between the agency of individual Asian migrants and larger historical, structural forces.