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Transnational Migration and Work in Asia

Edited By Kevin Hewison, Ken Young Copyright 2006
    252 Pages
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    Focusing on the issues associated with migrating for work both in and from the Asian region, this book sheds light on the debate over migration and trafficking. With contributions from an international team of well-known scholars, the book sets labour migration firmly within the context of globalization, providing a focused, contemporary discussion of what is undoubtedly a major twenty-first century concern.

    Transnational Migration and Work in Asia analyzes workers motivations and rationalities, highlighting the similarities of migration experiences throughout Asia. Presenting in-depth case studies of the real-life experiences and problems faced by migrant workers, the book discusses migrants’ relations with the state and their vulnerability to exploitation, as well as the major policy issues now facing governments, employers, NGOs and international agencies.

    1. Introduction: Globalization and Migrant Workers in Asia  Part 1: Globalization and Migration  2. Globalization and the Changing Management of Migrating Service Workers in the Asia Pacific  3. The Country and the Cities  Part 2: Migrant Workers, Trafficking and the State  4. Lao Migrant Workers in Thailand  5. Positioning the Product: Indonesian Migrant Women Workers in Taiwan  6. Thai Workers in Hong Kong  7. Building Hong Kong: Nepalese Labour in the Construction Sector  8. Filipino Nightclub Hostesses in Hong Kong: Vulnerability to Trafficking and Other Human Rights Abuses  9. Migrant Workers in Macao: Labour and Globalization  10. Exploitation in Global Supply Chains: Burmese Migrant Workers in Mae Sot, Thailand  Part 3: Issues in Policy-Making about Migrant Labour  11. Saving Pennies for the State. A New Role for Filipino Migrant Workers?  12. Trading Labour-Trading Rights: The Regional Dynamics of Rights Recognition for Migrant Workers in the Asia-Pacific


    Kevin Hewison is Director of the Carolina Asia Center and Professor in the Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to this he was Director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at the City University of Hong Kong.

    Ken Young is Professor in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this he was Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

    'Social scientists and others both academic and practicing from Asia and Australia look at a wide range of topics relating to work and migration. With the exception of a study on Nepal as a source of migrants to Hong Kong, their case studies are confined to East and Southeast Asia. The underlying themes are globalization and migration; migrant workers, trafficking, and the state; and policy-making and migrant labor.' - Reference & Research Book News

    'The case studies presented in the collection remains very impressive and definitely contribute to our knowledge of the subject ... suitable for academics, professionals and students.' - Magdalene Kong, National University of Singapore