1st Edition

New Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand
Floating families?

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after November 12, 2021
ISBN 9780367762858
November 12, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book focuses on new immigrant families from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to New Zealand and investigates how these new Chinese migrants have adapted to NZ immigration policy regime, which does not accommodate their cultural preference to live as multi-generational families.

The book analyzes a three-generation framework: first-generational immigrants parents, their children and older parents. It examines how migratory mobility and inter-generational dynamics configure migratory trajectories of individual family members and shape immigrants’ family life and sense of identity. The book also sheds light on how the different generations pursue their own interests and goals while maintaining family unity and cohesiveness in contexts of increasing mobility opportunities and constraints. Finally, the authors investigate how familial ties, transnational connections and a sense of identity and belonging being defined and redefined during the process of transnational migration. This book serves as a heuristic reference to and meaningful comparative parameter for studying family migration in other contexts.

A significant theoretical contribution to the theory of transnational family formation in contexts where restrictive immigration policies result in members of multi-generational families living across different countries, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of sociology, anthropology, race and ethnic studies as well as Asian and Chinese studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: New Chinese immigrant families from the People’s Republic of China to New Zealand – Approaching the topic 2. Re-grounding transnational migrant families in theories 3. From inclusion to exclusion: Family sponsorship and older parent reunification immigration under New Zealand’s neoliberal Immigration regime 4. "Forced" transnational migration: From a multigenerational familial perspective 5. Seasonal parents/grandparents: Transnational care circulation in new Chinese immigrant families 6. Reverse remittance: Challenging the traditions, morality, and power relations 7. Conclusion: The making of floating families in transnational social space

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Liangni Sally Liu is a Senior Lecturer (tenured) in the School of Humanities, Media, and Creative Communication, Massey University, New Zealand.

Guanyu Jason Ran is a Lecturer (tenured) in the Centre for Health and Social Practice, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), New Zealand.