1st Edition

Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific

    190 Pages
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

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    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



    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.