1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Asian Transnationalism

Edited By Ajaya Sahoo Copyright 2023
    454 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook presents cutting-edge research on Asian transnationalism written by experts in the areas of migration, diaspora, ethnicity, gender, language, education, politics, media, art, popular culture and literature from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives.

    The Asian region not only constitutes one of the largest diasporic populations in the world but also the most diversified diasporas in terms of their historical trajectories of emigration, geographical spread, economic and political strength, socio-cultural integration in the host country and transnational engagement with the homeland. Divided thematically into six broad sections, the chapters in this handbook critically discuss and debate some of the pertinent issues of Asian transnationalism:

    • Contextualizing Asian Transnationalism
    • Transnationalism and Socio-Cultural Identities
    • Transnationalism, Education and Infrastructure
    • Transnationalism, Gender and Development
    • Transnationalism and Dynamics of Diasporic Politics
    • Transnationalism, Art and Media

    The Routledge Handbook of Asian Transnationalism will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and students interested in the study of international migration, Asian diaspora and transnationalism.

    Chapter 29 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


    Acknowledgments; Introduction – Asian Transnationalism, Ajaya K. Sahoo Part-I Contextualizing Asian Transnationalism 1. Transnationalism, Activism, and Civil Society in Japan, Simon Avenell; 2. Tracing Hmong/Miao Diasporic Circuits and Transcultural Engagements, Louisa Schein & Chia Youyee Vang; 3. A Historical Materialist Approach to Transnational Japanese Studies, Suma Ikeuchi; 4. South Asians in the New World: Hindoos, Coolies, and Model Minorities, Indira Karamcheti; 5. Shifting Identities in Northeastern Cambodia: From Slaves to Indigenous Peoples, Ian G. Baird Part-II Transnationalism and Socio-Cultural Identities 6. Transnational Spirits and Cultural Identity: A Case Study of Vietnamese Diasporic Communities in San Jose City, USA and Jingdao Island, China, Nguyen Thi Hien; 7. The Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia: On Ritual Polytropy, Teo Sue Ann; 8. Japanese American and Okinawan American Transnationalism in Hawai‘i and the Continental United States, Jonathan Y. Okamura; 9. Folklore in the Making of Chinese American Identity, Juwen Zhang; 10. Commodifying Transnationalism for the General Audience, Minh X. Nguyen Part-III Transnationalism, Education, and Infrastructure 11. Indonesian Transnational Identity and Migration Journey: Education and the Lack Thereof, Agustian Sutrisno & Yoga Prasetyo; 12. School Alumni, Transnationalism and Asian Diaspora: An Unexplored Potential for Researchers, Niranjan Casinader, Howard Prosser, Fiona Longmuir & Peter van Cuylenburg; 13. Infrastructuring Student Mobilities in Asia, Yi’En Cheng; 14. Australia-India Student Mobility and Performances of Transnationalism, Michele Lobo, Anna Kent & David Lowe; 15. Chinese Transnational Student Mobilities and Experiences in Canada: Gendering the Student-Migrant Narrative, Amrita Hari & Chen Wang-Dufil Part-IV Transnationalism, Gender, and Development 16. Everyday Transnational Lives of Uzbek Migrants in Russia: A Socio-Legal Perspective, Rustamjon Urinboyev & Sherzod Eraliev; 17. Domestic Violence in Diasporic Asian and Pacific Islander Immigrant Populations in the United States, Stewart Chang; 18. Performance as/is Care in the Transnational Space: Caring at a Distance and in Proximity, Peilin Liang; 19. Writing the "Other" NRIs through a Transnational Lens in Goat Days and Painting Kuwait Violet, Sukanya Gupta; 20. Migration, Transnationalism, and Development: The Case of Indonesian Diaspora, Azlan Tajuddin; Part-V Transnationalism and Dynamics of Diasporic Politics 21. Race, Anxiety and Shopping in the Australian Outback: Indian Hawkers and Victoria’s 1884 Smallpox Outbreak, Arunima Datta; 22. Papering Over Racial Capitalism: Anticolonial Newspapers and Gujarati Merchants in Colonial Mauritius, Ketaki Pant; 23. Governing the Kazakh Diaspora: Kazakhstan’s Evolving Policies and Institutions towards Kazakhs abroad, Işık Kuşçu-Bonnenfant; 24. Political Participation and Representation of South Asian and Chinese Canadians: Evidence from the Greater Toronto Area, Shuguang Wang; 25. Migration, Transnationalism, and Citizenship in Kyrgyzstan, Vanessa Ruget; Part-VI Transnationalism, Art, and Media 26. Tibetan Self-Immolation in the Art of Tenzing Rigdol, Sarah Magnatta; 27. Transnational Dialogues and Contemporary Art in Japan: "Missing Pieces", Rebecca Jennison & Cynthea J. Bogel; 28. Contemporary Film Culture and Convergence: Cinemediated Solidarity, Anne Ciecko; 29. K-pop Trans/nationalism, Kyong Yoon; 30. Asian Youth and Resistance in Transnational Media, Veluree Metaveevinij


    Ajaya K. Sahoo is Professor and Head of the Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.

    "Bringing together a wide range of scholarship on Asian transnationalism in the post-World War II era, this handbook moves beyond US exceptionalism to examine migrant communities in Russia, for example, and is similarly noteworthy for its inclusion of less well-studied groups such as the Uzbek and Kazakh diasporas."

    Emma J. Teng 

    Director, Global Languages, and T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


    "A rich tapestry on Asian transnationalism, this Handbook weaves together diverse locations and issues across the globe. It spans regions such as East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Antipodes, on the one hand, and, on the other, microcosmic intricacies of the Hmong communities, Uzbeks in Russia, Tibetan self-immolation, just to name a few. The broad transnational canvas on refugees, overseas students, and immigrants and their children is meticulously painted through the interdisciplinary lens of sociology, politics, economics, psychology, ethnic studies, and art."

    Sheng-mei Ma

    Professor of English, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA