CFP: Asian Migration and the Global Asian Diasporas, City University of Hong Kong, 6-7 September 2013

Asia, as both a migrant generating and migrant receiving region, offers
rich experiences for migration and diaspora studies. Since the late 19th
century there has been continuous movement of people across countries
within the region as well as from Asia to other parts of the world due to
colonial rule, warfare, political turmoil, the Cold War, and poverty in
various places in Asia. Asian migration is not only large in scale, but
also extremely diverse in experience. Large migrant groups to the West,
such as the Chinese, Indians and Vietnamese have received much attention as
settlers in other countries. Yet much recent research suggests they must
also be understood as diasporic communities in continuous transnational
movement. There are also many other smaller migrant populations, often
minorities in their own countries, whose migration trajectories represent
the interaction of very specific historical conditions as well as general
global changes.

Against the background of earlier migration waves, this conference will
focus on newer migrants, especially those who migrated in the second half
of the last century. We would like to provide an overview of recent trends
and waves of Asian migration, and the forms of diaspora these migrants have
formed in Asia and around the world. Furthermore, while many Asians
continue to move to the ‘rich’ West, attention is also needed to the trends
of intra-regional migration within Asia, whether for education, work (both
low-wage labor and highly skilled professionals),  marriage,  family
reunion, or tourism (both short- and long-stay).

Besides migrating out, many Asian migrants are returning back to Asia,
often to their home countries. New trends of return migration, retirement
migration, and root-seeking migration have been taking place in Asia by
those who moved away when they were young, or by their children and
grandchildren. This is changing the very meaning of migration and the
dynamics and pace through which diasporic communities develop, flow, and

The conference will examine the following issues:
       The variegated channels through which new migration has occurred;
       The relationship between old and new migrant groups of the same
       Identity, settlement patterns, gender relations, livelihood
strategies and family in new migration waves;
       How migrants as diasporic populations continue to express their
cultural distinctiveness and linkage to homelands;
       What impacts migrants as diasporic populations have had on the
economic and political development of their origin countries;
       How governments in both origin and destination countries have been
shifting their attitudes and policies towards migrant groups.

By looking into these different aspects, the conference will address issues
not only related to migration and diaspora studies, but also the shifting
socio-political and economic landscapes in the region overall. With the
much applauded growing economies in Asia since WWII, for example, a number
of Asian countries have become desirable migration destinations whether for
strictly economic or more life-style oriented reasons. It is against this
background of the dynamics of development in Asia that this conference
addresses the new and diverse migration trends within the region.

In addressing migration in Asia, this conference will include a wide range
of topical concerns: political diaspora, regimes of remittances,
transnational nationalism, shifting home country-migrant relations, migrant
shortage, human trafficking and migrant rights, multiculturalism and
cosmopolitanism, borderland migration, and gender and family patterns in
transnational fields. Panelists should feel free to focus on such issues,
but should also try to weave those issues into the conference’s broader

Panel and individual paper proposals are both welcome. Please send your
abstract of not more than 250 words to:

Deadline for abstract: 30 April, 2013
Letter of acceptance will be sent to you by 20 May, 2013
Deadline for full conference paper: 16 Aug, 2013

The conference is co-organized by SEARC and IOM

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