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Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development

Edited By

Ajaya K. Sahoo

ISBN 9780367371272
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
414 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook offers an analysis of Asian diaspora and development, and explores the role that immigrants living within diasporic and transnational communities play in the development of their host countries and their homeland. Bringing together an array of interdisciplinary scholars from across the world, the handbook is divided into the following sections:

• Development Potential of Asian Diasporas
• Diaspora, Homeland, and Development
• Gender, Generation, and Identities
• Soft Power, Mobilization, and Development
• Media, Culture, and Representations.

Presenting cutting-edge research on several dimensions of diaspora and development, Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development provides a platform for further discussion in the fields of migration studies, diaspora studies, transnational studies, race relations, ethnic studies, gender studies, globalization, Asian studies, and research methods.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Asian Diaspora and Development Part I Development Potential of Asian Diasporas 1. Making Sense of the Past: The Vietnamese Diaspora in Australia and Transgenerational Histories 2. The Skilled South Asian Diaspora in the OECD 3. Informal Finance and the Success of Diasporic Chinese Businesses in Central America 4. The History and Present State of Korean Diasporas 5. Family Formation and Parenting Practices among New Chinese Immigrants in Singapore Part II Diaspora, Homeland, and Development 6. Diaspora, Development and the Reshaping of Homelands in an Evolving World 7. Manipur’s Diaspora in the United States: Mapping Cultural and Development Ties with the Homeland 8. Remittance Owners’ Financial Capabilities: Can These Bridge Diaspora and Development? 9. A Structural Perspective on International Migration from Rural Punjab and its Impact on Local Labour Effort 10. ‘Mirroring the Other’: Refugee, Homeland, Identity and Diaspora Part III Gender, Generation and Identities 11. It’s Caramel Princess Time! Reading Contemporary South Asian Femininity through the Celebritization of Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra 12. The Digital Divide among Malaysian Indian Women: Comparative Communal Narratives 13. Financial Dependence of Indian Parent Migrants in Australia: A Context for Elder Abuse 14. Mapping South Asian Queer Studies 15. Private and Communal Kitchens as Spaces for Rethinking Gender, Identity, and Citizenship: Towards a Transnational Theory of Servitude and Service Part IV Soft Power, Mobilization and Development 16. Diasporas as the Holy Grail of Development 17. Education, Diaspora and Development: The Overseas Indian Knowledge Networks in the Transforming World 18. Diaspora Diplomacy: Weapon of Mass Dispersion 19. Diaspora Politics: Reconfiguring Homelands 20. Religion, Development and Politics: A Critical Appraisal of their Relationship with Reference to South Asian Diaspora 21. From ‘Political to Social’ Role: The Shifting Strategy of Indonesian Diaspora Movement on Development Part V Media, Culture and Representations 22. Digital Media and East Asian Diaspora 23. Food in the South Asian Diaspora 24. Concerto for Solo Piano: Rethinking Diaspora Music with Azerbaijani Women Musicians in the United States 25. Dancing out of Time and Place: Memory and Choreography in the South Asian Diaspora in Continental Europe 26. Performing Arts, Diaspora and Identity: The Case of Theyyam Performances in the Indian Diaspora 27. The Legacy of the Diaspora: Memory and Homeland-in-Memory in the Diasporic Vietnamese Literature in Germany

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Ajaya K. Sahoo is an Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India. His recent publications include the Routledge Handbook of Indian Transnationalism (2019), the Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora (2017), Indian Transnationalism Online (2014), Diaspora and Identity (2014), and Transnational Migrations (2009), all published by Routledge. He is also the Editor of the Journal of South Asian Diaspora (Taylor & Francis/Routledge).


"From cultural shifts to the impacts of remittances for places of origin, this volume covers a wide range of key topics in the study of diasporas and development in Asia. Moving between detailed case-studies and large-scale analyses, it offers a rich and expansive perspective on Asian societies and diasporas."

– Nazli Kibria, Professor of Sociology, Boston University, USA


"This important volume brings together expert analysis of the complex relationship between diasporas and development in Asia. The diverse chapter address key issues including investment and remittances, philanthropy, socio-cultural change, legal rights, knowledge transfer as well as international and regional politics. Drawing on different theoretical traditions and historical perspectives, the contributions together provide an essential overview of a key process of change in Asia and beyond that will shape the 21stCentury."

– Christopher McDowell, Assistant Vice President (International), City, University of London, UK


"Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development is an impressive collection of thought-provoking essays that are both transnational and interdisciplinary in scope. This carefully crafted volume highlights the multi-layered complexities of Asian diaspora networks and affiliations. A timely intervention in the field of diaspora studies." 

– Brinda J. Mehta, Germaine Thompson Professor of French & Francophone Studies, and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Mills College, USA