1st Edition

Everyday Multiculturalism in/across Asia

Edited By Jessica Walton, Anita Harris, Koichi Iwabuchi Copyright 2021
    136 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    136 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What does it mean to bring Asia into conversation with current literature on everyday multiculturalism? This book focuses on the empirical, theoretical and methodological considerations of using an everyday multiculturalism approach to explore the ordinary ways people live together in difference in the Asian region while also drawing attention to increasing trans-Asian mobilities.

    The chapters in this collection encompass inter-disciplinary research undertaken in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea that explores some core aspects of everyday multiculturalism as it plays out in and across Asia. These include an increase in intraregional movements and especially labour mobility, which demands regard for the experiences of migrants from Burma, China, Nepal, The Philippines and India; negotiations of cultural diversity in nations where a multi-ethnic citizenry is formally recognised through predominantly pluralist models, and/or where national belonging is highly racialized; and intercultural contestation against, in some cases, the backdrop of a newly emergent multicultural policy environment. The book challenges and reinvigorates discussions around the relative transferability of an everyday multiculturalism framework to Asia, including concepts such as super-diversity, conviviality and everyday racism, and the importance of close attention to how people navigate differences and commonalities in local and trans-local contexts.

    This book will be of interest to academics and researchers studying migration, multiculturalism, ethnic and racial studies, and to advanced students of Sociology, Political Science and Public Policy. It was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    Introduction: everyday multiculturalism in/across Asia

    Jessica Walton, Anita Harris and Koichi Iwabuchi

    1. 1Malaysia? Young people and everyday multiculturalism in multiracialized Malaysia

    Anita Harris and Alan Han

    2. The limits of "multiculturalism without diversity": multi-ethnic students and the negotiation of "difference" in South Korean schools

    Jessica Walton

    3. Everyday multiculturalism in union: power construction in migrant domestic workers’ unionism

    Raees Begum Baig

    4. Multicultural encounters in Singapore’s nursing homes: a care ethics approach

    Shirlena Huang and Brenda S.A. Yeoh

    5. Iphones and "African gangs": everyday racism and ethno-transnational media in Melbourne’s Chinese student world

    Fran Martin

    6. Humour at work: conviviality through language play in Singapore’s multicultural workplaces

    Amanda Wise and Selvaraj Velayutham


    Jessica Walton researches issues on multiculturalism, identity and racism. Her recent book is titled Korean Adoptees and Transnational Adoption: Embodiment and Emotion.

    Anita Harris specialises in youth citizenship. Her books include Young People and Everyday Multiculturalism and Future Girl.

    Koichi Iwabuchi works on diversity and cultural citizenship. He is the author of Resilient Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand Nationalism, and Multiculturalism in Japan.