1st Edition

Asian Migration and New Racism Beyond Colour and the ‘West’

Edited By Sylvia Ang, Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho, Brenda S.A. Yeoh Copyright 2023
    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    Studies of racism against migrants have recently attempted to move away from the presumed dichotomy between 'white' and 'Others', yet the focus of much research remains predominantly trained on 'white' people racializing ‘Others’: whether Black, Asian or Muslim. Attending only to this 'white'/'Other' binary homogenises select groups of non-'white' including Asians. This approach also ignores racialisation and racism by Asians and among Asians. Consequently, there is a dearth of studies on issues of race in non-'white' settings. Through engaging the themes of co-ethnicity, intersectionality and postcoloniality, this book contributes to extant studies of migration in three ways through: (1) examining new geographical sites of racialisation and racism; (2) illuminating racialisation and racism beyond the 'white'/'Others' binary; and (3) introducing new dynamics in racialisation and racist discourses, including intersectional factors such as nationality, class, gender, language, religion, temporal framings and postcoloniality.

    Asian Migration and New Racism will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of Sociology, Social and Political Geography, Social Anthropology, History and Politics.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    1. Introduction – Migration and new racism beyond colour and the "West": co-ethnicity, intersectionality and postcoloniality 

    Sylvia Ang, Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho and Brenda S. A. Yeoh 

    2. Racism without racial difference? Co-ethnic racism and national hierarchies among Nikkeijin ethnic return migrants in Japan 

    Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda 

    3. The racialization of North Koreans in South Korea: diasporic co-ethnics in the South Korean ethnolinguistic nation 

    Jennifer Hough 

    4. More than race: a comparative analysis of "new" Indian and Chinese migration in Singapore 

    Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho and Laavanya Kathiravelu 

    5. Race, whiteness and internationality in transnational education: academic and teacher expatriates in Malaysia 

    Sin Yee Koh and I Lin Sin 

    6. Ties that bind, lines that divide: Bangladeshi labour migrants, Malaysian spouses, and the new contours of racialization 

    Heng Leng Chee, Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Wan Teng Lai 

    7. Navigating race: intersectional boundary-making onboard transnational ships 

    Steven C. McKay 

    8. Sinophobia in the Asian century: race, nation and Othering in Australia and Singapore 

    Sylvia Ang and Val Colic-Peisker 

    9. Hierarchies of mixedness: hybridity, mixed-race racisms and belonging for Eurasians in Singapore 

    Zarine L. Rocha and Brenda S. A. Yeoh 

    10. On the perils of racialized Chineseness: race, nation and entangled racisms in China and Southeast Asia 

    Ien Ang 

    11. New racism or new Asia: what exactly is new and how does race matter? 

    Parvati Raghuram 


    Sylvia Ang is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her research with migrants in and from Asia is interested in the production and experiences of difference and inequities, with a focus on ethnic relations, class and gender.

    Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Her research addresses how citizenship is changing as a result of multi-directional migration flows in the Asia-Pacific.

    Brenda S.A. Yeoh, FBA is Raffles Professor of Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. She was awarded the Vautrin Lud Prize for outstanding achievements in Geography in 2021.