1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development

Edited By Ajaya K. Sahoo Copyright 2021
    414 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction – Asian Diaspora and Development

    Ajaya K. Sahoo

    Part I Development Potential of Asian Diasporas

    1. Making Sense of the Past: The Vietnamese Diaspora in Australia and Transgenerational Histories
    2. Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen

    3. The Skilled South Asian Diaspora in the OECD
    4. Rupa Chanda & Neha Vinod Betai

    5. Informal Finance and the Success of Diasporic Chinese Businesses in Central America
    6. Josephine Smart & Alan Smart

    7. The History and Present State of Korean Diasporas
    8. In-Jin Yoon

    9. Family Formation and Parenting Practices among New Chinese Immigrants in Singapore
    10. Wang Jun & Min Zhou

      Part II Diaspora, Homeland, and Development

    11. Diaspora, Development and the Reshaping of Homelands in an Evolving World
    12. Pablo S. Bose

    13. Manipur’s Diaspora in the United States: Mapping Cultural and Development Ties with the Homeland
    14. Ajailiu Niumai

    15. Remittance Owners’ Financial Capabilities: Can These Bridge Diaspora and Development?
    16. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano

    17. A Structural Perspective on International Migration from Rural Punjab and its Impact on Local Labour Effort
    18. Shuchi Kapuria

    19. ‘Mirroring the Other’: Refugee, Homeland, Identity and Diaspora
    20. Anindita Ghoshal

      Part III Gender, Generation and Identities

    21. It’s Caramel Princess Time! Reading Contemporary South Asian Femininity through the Celebritization of Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra
    22. Mythili Rajiva

    23. The Digital Divide among Malaysian Indian Women: Comparative Communal Narratives
    24. Shanthini Pillai & Pramela Krish

    25. Financial Dependence of Indian Parent Migrants in Australia: A Context for Elder Abuse
    26. Supriya Singh

    27. Mapping South Asian Queer Studies
    28. Sri Craven

    29. Private and Communal Kitchens as Spaces for Rethinking Gender, Identity, and Citizenship: Towards a Transnational Theory of Servitude and Service
    30. Anita Anantharam

      Part IV Soft Power, Mobilization and Development

    31. Diasporas as the Holy Grail of Development
    32. Latha Varadarajan

    33. Education, Diaspora and Development: The Overseas Indian Knowledge Networks in the Transforming World
    34. Sridhar Bhagavatula

    35. Diaspora Diplomacy: Weapon of Mass Dispersion
    36. Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III & Ador Revelar Torneo

    37. Diaspora Politics: Reconfiguring Homelands
    38. Ishan Ashutosh

    39. Religion, Development and Politics: A Critical Appraisal of their Relationship with Reference to South Asian Diaspora
    40. Pratap Kumar Penumala

    41. From ‘Political to Social’ Role: The Shifting Strategy of Indonesian Diaspora Movement on Development
    42. Bilal Dewansyah

      Part V Media, Culture and Representations

    43. Digital Media and East Asian Diaspora
    44. Youna Kim

    45. Food in the South Asian Diaspora
    46. Parama Roy

    47. Concerto for Solo Piano: Rethinking Diaspora Music with Azerbaijani Women Musicians in the United States
    48. Anna Oldfield

    49. Dancing out of Time and Place: Memory and Choreography in the South Asian Diaspora in Continental Europe
    50. Sandra Chatterjee

    51. Performing Arts, Diaspora and Identity: The Case of Theyyam Performances in the Indian Diaspora
    52. Surabhi K. & Ajaya K. Sahoo

    53. The Legacy of the Diaspora: Memory and Homeland-in-Memory in the Diasporic Vietnamese Literature in Germany

    Tran Tinh Vy


    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