© 2012

Living Intersections: Transnational Migrant Identifications in Asia

  • Caroline Plüss
  • Kwok-bun Chan

Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Caroline Plüss, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 1-16
  3. Explaining Mobility and Inequality

  4. Nation States, Social Networks, and Emotional Spaces

  5. Transnational Positions and Cultural Capital

  6. Locating Transnational Identifications

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 273-279

About this book


This book presents ground-breaking theoretical, and empirical knowledge to produce a fine-grained and encompassing understanding of the costs and benefits that different groups of Asian migrants, moving between different countries in Asia and in the West, experience. The contributors—all specialist scholars in anthropology, geography, history, political science, social psychology, and sociology—present new approaches to intersectionality analysis, focusing on the migrants’ performance of their identities as the core indicator to unravel the mutual constituitivity of cultural, social, political, and economic characteristics  rooted in different places, which characterizes transnational lifestyles. The book answers one key question: What happens to people, communities, and societies under globalization, which is, among others, characterized by increasing cultural disidentification?


Adaptive behavior Burmese migrants in Chiang Mai Thailand Chinese migrants in Japan Chinese-Singaporean transmigrants Conversions of cultural, social and economic capital Cosmopolitanism Cultural capital Cultural hybridity Cultural identity Diaspora Filipino return migrants in the Philippines Hong Kong return migrants Immigrant family adaptation, maladaptation and poverty Immigrants from the People's Republic on China in Hong Kong Korean educational migrants in Singapore Migrant women Migration Minorities Mobility and inequality Multiculture Race and ethnicity Singapore Singaporean repeat migrants in Singapore Social networks and emotional spaces Social strain Third cultures Transnational migrant identity formation Transnational positionality

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Plüss
    • 1
  • Kwok-bun Chan
    • 2
  1. 1., Division of Sociology, HSS-05-27Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Chan Institute of Social SciencesTuen MunHong Kong SAR

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The anthology is mainly recommended for those having a research interest in Asia and for those who are engaged with intersectional analyses. The articles are all focusing on migration issues in a specific geographical region in Asia … . worth reading to gain an insight into and an understanding of a region which not only contains a large proportion of the world population itself but which also possesses and provokes interesting research questions as it becomes increasingly diversified and transnationalised … .” (Tobias Hübinette, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 3 (2), 2013)