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Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific

ISBN 9781472481474
Published November 28, 2016 by Routledge
190 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In contrast to much scholarship on cross-cultural encounters, which focuses primarily on contact between indigenous peoples and ’settlers’ or ’sojourners’, this book is concerned with migrant aspects of this phenomenon – whether migrant-migrant or migrant-host encounters – bringing together studies from a variety of perspectives on cross-cultural encounters, their past, and their resonances across the contemporary Asia-Pacific region. Organised thematically into sections focusing on ’imperial encounters’ of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ’identities’ in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and ’contemporary citizenship’ and the ways in which this is complicated by mobility and cross-cultural encounters, the volume presents studies of New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Vanuatu, Mauritius and China to highlight key themes of mobility, intimacies, ethnicity and ’race’, heritage and diaspora, through rich evidence such as photographs, census data, the arts and interviews. Demonstrating the importance of multidisciplinary ways of looking at migrant cross-cultural encounters through blending historical and social science methodologies from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific will appeal to anthropologists, sociologists, cultural geographers and historians with interests in migration, mobility and cross-cultural encounters.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors

Series Editor Preface


Introduction: Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific

Jacqueline Leckie, Angela McCarthy and Angela Wanhalla

Part 1: Imperial Encounters

1. Eurasians in Treaty-Port China: Journeys across Racial and Imperial Frontiers

Catherine Ladds

2. Photographic Portraits of Migrants from the Indentured Labour Archives in Mauritius: A Cross-Cultural Encounter

Kathleen Harrington-Watt

3. ‘To his home at Jembaicumbene’: Women’s Cross-Cultural Encounters on a Colonial Goldfield

Kate Bagnall

Part 2: Identities

4. An Irishman, a Samoan and a Korean Walk into a Church: Three Encounters and New Zealand’s Struggle for its National Identity 131

Andrew Butcher

5. Working Together for a Better Life: Contemporary ni-Vanuatu Labour Mobility in New Zealand

Rochelle Bailey

Part 3: Citizenship and Mobility

6. Asymmetrical Ambiguities: The ‘White’ Australia Policy’, Travel, Migration and Citizenship in Vanuatu, 1945–1953

Gregory Rawlings

7. Minzu, Migration and Citizenship: Uyghur Migrants’ Perceptions of Cross-Cultural Contact in China, Australia and New Zealand

Mei Ding

8. Postcolonial Migration and Social Diversity in Singapore

Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Theodora Lam


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Jacqueline Leckie is an associate professor in Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Angela McCarthy is Professor of Scottish and Irish History at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Angela Wanhalla is an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago, New Zealand.