Friday, November 2, 2012

Books on Migration in Asia

This is a selection of books on migration in Asia:

Climate Change, Migration and Human Security in Southeast Asia (RSIS Mono. No. 24) edited by Lorraine Elliot, Lorraine. The proposition that migration as a result of climate change has consequences for regional and global security has become prominent in public discourse over the last few years. Yet much of that debate in the Southeast Asian context is not sufficiently well informed by current knowledge on the demographics of migration and the kinds of choices that people and communities make about mobility; nor does it pay adequate attention to the human insecurities that result from climate change in general and climate change-induced migration in particular. This volume seeks to overcome some of those limitations, drawing on insights from international relations, international law, demography, public policy, geography, environmental studies and climate science. It shows how a human security approach can sustain the tactical attractions of a security discourse in bringing urgent attention to a problem such as climate change and migration, while also redirecting security policy to protecting and empowering those who are most vulnerable to the threats of climate change.

Costs and Benefits of Cross-Country Labour Migration in the GMS edited by Jalilian Hossein Jalilian. International labour migration can be characterized in three ways - as human aspiration, tradition, and necessity. Greater Mekong Subregion worker movements to Thailand typify all three characterizations of international labour mobility. While this book focuses on the economic dimensions of international labour emigration, principally from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to Thailand, it recognizes at the very outset the equal standing of non-economic motivations for migration.

Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration by Michelle Dammon Loyalka. Aaward-winning journalist Michelle Loyalka follows the trials and triumphs of eight Chinese migrant workers-including a vegetable vendor, an itinerant knife sharpener, a free-spirited recycler, and a cash-strapped mother-offering an inside look at the pain, self-sacrifice, and uncertainty underlying China's dramatic national transformation. These stories illustrate why China continues to advance, even as the rest of the world remains embroiled in financial turmoil. At the same time, Eating Bitterness demonstrates how dealing with the issues facing this class of people constitutes China's most pressing domestic challenge.

The Family in Flux in Southeast Asia: Institution Ideology, Practice edited by Yoko Hayami, Junko Koizumi et al. The Family in Flux in Southeast Asia fills a gap in studies of the modern family. With much talk about the "family in crisis" in the industrialized world, new trends are affecting basic family structures in Southeast Asia as well: decreases in fertility rates, aging populations, a rise in divorce rates, increase in female-headed households, smaller families with a heavier burden on caregivers, and increasing mobility due to labour migration. While there has been abundant research on the historical evolution of the "family" in the West and much theorizing about the "family" in the industrialized world, accounts of the family in Southeast Asia are uneven, and understanding is still inadequate. This volume, with contributions from leading scholars from Southeast Asia and Japan, covers a wide range of topics, such as legal institutionalization, polygamy, national identity, nationalism and ideology, gender roles, migration, and trans-national marriage. The disciplinary backgrounds of the authors range across history, political science, economics, sociology, literary studies, and anthropology. The authors present cases of complementary, alternative, or parallel developments from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. They provide a critical look at how notions of the family are negotiated amidst worries over the family's disintegration in the face of globalizing trends and increasing mobility, and how it is affected by increasing flows in the globalizing world.

Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia by Sunil S. Amrith. Asian countries have both been the source and destination for vast numbers of its inhabitants over the last 150 years. This is a readable introductory account and analysis of the human dramas and traumas and the economic developments which have been involved in this dimension of the world's history and globalization. With timeline, glossary, black-and-white illustrations, sketch maps, reading guide and index.

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