State/ Nation/ Transnation: Perspectives on Transnationalism in the Asia-Pacific

State/ Nation/ Transnation: Perspectives on Transnationalism in the Asia-Pacific

State/ Nation/ Transnation: Perspectives on Transnationalism in the Asia-Pacific

State/ Nation/ Transnation: Perspectives on Transnationalism in the Asia-Pacific

Synopsis

This edited volume examines the relationship between the nation and the transnation, focusing on transnational communities in the Asia-Pacific region. Setting the book within a theoretical framework, the authors explore a range of themes such as migration, identity and citizenship in chapters on China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore and Cambodia.

Excerpt

The majority of the papers in this book were first presented at a conference on 'Transnational Communities in the Asia-Pacific Region: Comparative Perspectives', co-sponsored in 2000 by the uk Economic and Social Research Council's Transnational Communities Programme and the former Centre for Advanced Studies at the National University of Singapore. We are very grateful for their financial and administrative support. the conference brought together scholars of different disciplinary backgrounds from a range of countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the uk and the usa. the transnational subjects that provided the focus for the thirty-odd papers presented were themselves of an even wider assortment of ethno-nationalities: British, Burmese, Cambodians, Filipinos, Indians and other South Asians, Indonesians, Vietnamese, prc Chinese, Indonesian Chinese, Singaporean Chinese, Malaysian Chinese, Australian Chinese, American Chinese, Hong Kong Chinese, other diasporic Chinese, South Americans of Japanese ancestry, Jews and Muslims in Hong Kong, and the Hani/Akha in the China-Burma-Thai borderlands. the difficulties of naming by 'nationality' were patently obvious in these fluidly transnational times. However, it was out of this at times bewildering (dis)array of people, nation-states, borders and mobilities that define and demarcate one another in interesting and cross-cutting ways that the idea for this book was conceived.

Two sets of papers drawn from the same conference have been published, the first on 'Transnational Elites' in Geoforum (vol. 33, no. 4, 2002) and the second on 'Transnational Edges' in Ethnic and Racial Studies (vol. 26, no. 2, 2003). This volume puts together a third set of papers that give primary interest to what we see as the complexly folded relationship between the 'nation-state' and the 'transnation'.

The editors

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.