New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations discusses the most recent trends in international mobility and migration involving Chinese people taking place since the mid-2000s. This is a plural book. Not only because its chapters, written by different contributors, cover a large array of topics, but also because concepts are proposed in the plural: “migrations,” “communities,” “diasporas,” in a collective effort to testify to the complexity of multidirectional and multi-layered phenomena that until recently have received limited attention amongst scholars. Two approaches are given prominence in the book: particular attention is devoted to how mobilities are now shaped in ways different from those prevailing before the turn of the century; and to the ways in which mobilities serve as inspiration “for the (re) production and renewal of identity” (p. 6), within the framework of increasingly complex relations with the policies of different states. Accordingly, the different chapters offer a lively account of an array of mobilities, mainly taking place within Asia, but also stretching as far as Africa. To be sure, not all the mobility patterns discussed in the book are new, nor are they typically Chinese but simply confirm some long-term characteristics of global migration (including Chinese migration in Asia). For instance, transnationalism as a strategy for deploying human resources within the family, or transnational mobility as being in dynamic tension with return migration, which are stressed in the introduction, are topoi in the literature on migration. And yet, most of the contributors to this volume take us on an inspired, often multi-sited, rich ethnographic trip that looks at less explored trends

New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations Edited by YUK WAH CHAN and S I N YE E KOH London and New York: Routledge, 2018

Antonella Ceccagno
2019

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New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations discusses the most recent trends in international mobility and migration involving Chinese people taking place since the mid-2000s. This is a plural book. Not only because its chapters, written by different contributors, cover a large array of topics, but also because concepts are proposed in the plural: “migrations,” “communities,” “diasporas,” in a collective effort to testify to the complexity of multidirectional and multi-layered phenomena that until recently have received limited attention amongst scholars. Two approaches are given prominence in the book: particular attention is devoted to how mobilities are now shaped in ways different from those prevailing before the turn of the century; and to the ways in which mobilities serve as inspiration “for the (re) production and renewal of identity” (p. 6), within the framework of increasingly complex relations with the policies of different states. Accordingly, the different chapters offer a lively account of an array of mobilities, mainly taking place within Asia, but also stretching as far as Africa. To be sure, not all the mobility patterns discussed in the book are new, nor are they typically Chinese but simply confirm some long-term characteristics of global migration (including Chinese migration in Asia). For instance, transnationalism as a strategy for deploying human resources within the family, or transnational mobility as being in dynamic tension with return migration, which are stressed in the introduction, are topoi in the literature on migration. And yet, most of the contributors to this volume take us on an inspired, often multi-sited, rich ethnographic trip that looks at less explored trends
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