HUM-500 / 3 crédits
Enseignant: Lam Ngan Ting Katy
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This course introduces concepts, debates and issues of international migration, and through diverse migration patterns in Asia, examines how migration and global development are related.
Why do people migrate? How does migration affect and reflect our society? Migration is often part of a broader process of global change and development. Thus, as a product of social transformations, migration provides an interesting gateway to understand global development.
This course aims, firstly, to provide basic understanding on theories, patterns and key issues of international migration. Secondly, the course focuses especially on a variety of Asian migration pathways. "Asian Century", a term coined by some, emphasizes a growing dominant role of Asia in the world. A highly diverse human mobility has been emerging in Asia, alongside with its fast-growing economies, various demographics (youthful in some, ageing in some others), rising middle class, growing intra-regional inequalities, as well as competition of talent and economic opportunities. Examining the migration and development nexus in Asia, it will enrich understanding on changes, opportunities and challenges that Asian societies are facing, and their significance to the rest of the world.
More precisely, part one of the course a) introduces main theories and trends of international migration; b) highlights how migration and social-economic development are linked in both sending and receiving countries; and c) discusses some key issues on international migration, for instance integration / assimilation, ethnic relations and identity, citizenship and welfare, gender and family, health and well-being.
Through explaining various migration patterns emerging in Asia, part two of the course illustrates what, how and why social-economic transformations have been taking place in different parts of Asia.
The following themes (tentative) on emerging Asia migration patterns will be discussed:
1. Global Care Chain: Migrant domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia
2. "Next World's Factory" in Mekong region: Rural-urban migration, feminization of labour and renegotiation of gender and family roles
3. Rising Asian's middle class and quest for international higher education
4. Transnational elites in Asian cities: White Privileges, Language Capital and Cultural Ghettoisation
5. "Working from the beach": Digital nomad and a new boundary of work, home and citizenship
6. Lifestyle migration: Searching a better or an affordable life in Thailand
7. Pensioners on the move: International retirement migration in Malaysia
8. Ultra-rich Chinese investment migration: buying status, social class reproduction and implications to hosting societies
This section will be concluded by a discussion on rethinking the migration-development nexus in the post-COVID era.
International Migration; Asian Development; Global Production Chain; Global Care Chain; Global Middle Class; Transnational Elites; International Higher Education; Lifestyle Migration; Retirement Migration
Important concepts to start the course
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Identify main theories, approaches and key issues to the study of international migration.
- Analyze various Asian migration patterns and their relationships with social transformations and global development.
- Assess / Evaluate the issues of migration and development in a specific country.
- Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
- Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
- Collect data.
- Make an oral presentation.
- Write a scientific or technical report.
- Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
Lectures, group discussion on developing a research project proposal that would be implemented in the second semester
Expected student activities
Pre-class readings, active class participation, individual essays and group proposal development
- An individual critical review (2 pages) on a book chapter/ an article/ a film related to international migration (50%)
- A group project proposal (4-6 pages) on a research topic of migration and development (50%). (The project proposal will be implemented in Semester 2)
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
Bender, D., Hollstein, T. & Schweppe, C. (2018). International Retirement Migration Revisited: From Amenity Seeking to Precarity migration?, Transnational Social Review, 8:1, 98-102
Caraway, T. (2007). Assembling Women: The Feminization of Global Manufacturing. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Chan, Y. W., & Lan, P.-C. (2022). Rethinking the Migration-Development Nexus in the Post-COVID-19 era. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 31(3), 324â335
Chan, Y. W., Haines, D., & Lee, J. (Eds.) (2014). The Age of Asian migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility (vol. 1). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Constable, N. (2014). Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor. Berkeley: University of California Press.
De Haas, H., Castles, S., & Miller, M. J. (2020). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (6th ed.). New York. The Guilford Press.
Green, P. (2020). Disruptions of Self, Place and Mobility: Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Mobilities, 15:3, 431-445
Hoang, L. A., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2011). Breadwinning Wives and Left-Behind Husbands: Men and Masculinities in the Vietnamese Transnational Family. Gender & Society, 25(6), 717â739
King, R., Eralba C., & Fokkema, T. (2021). New frontiers in international retirement migrationâ. Ageing and Society 41 (6): 1205â1220.
Lan, P.-C. (2018). Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US. Stanford University Press.
Liu-Farrer G., (2016). Migration as Class-based Consumption: The Emigration of the Rich in Contemporary China, The China Quarterly, 226, pp. 499-518.
Massey, D. S., Arango, J., Hugo, G., Kouaouci, A., Pellegrino, A. & Taylor, J. E. (1993). Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisalâ. Population and Development Review, 19, 431-466.
Ono, M. (2015). Commoditization of Lifestyle Migration: Japanese Retirees in Malaysia, Mobilities, 10:4, 609-627
Vertovec, S. (2007). Superdiversity and its Implicationsâ. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30(6), 1024-1054.
Academic Journal on Migration for references:
Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
Ethnic and Racial Studies
International Migration Review
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Population, Space and place
Ressources en bibliothèque
Dans les plans d'études
- Semestre: Automne
- Nombre de places: 60
- Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
- Matière examinée: International migration and emerging Asia I
- Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
- Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines