Race, Education, and Citizenship

Mobile Malaysians, British Colonial Legacies, and a Culture of Migration

  • Sin Yee Koh

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Sin Yee Koh
    Pages 1-47
  3. Sin Yee Koh
    Pages 107-158
  4. Sin Yee Koh
    Pages 189-222
  5. Sin Yee Koh
    Pages 223-254
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-293

About this book


Transnational skilled migrants are often thought of as privileged migrants with flexible citizenship. This book challenges this assumption by examining the diverse migration trajectories, experiences and dilemmas faced by tertiary-educated mobile Malaysian migrants. It argues that mobile Malaysians’ culture of migration can be understood as an outcome and consequence of British colonial legacies – of race, education, and citizenship – inherited and exacerbated by the post-colonial Malaysian state. Drawing from archival research and interviews with respondents in Singapore, United Kingdom, and Malaysia, this book examines how mobile Malaysians make sense of their migration lives, and contextualizes their stories to the broader socio-political structures in colonial Malaya and post-colonial Malaysia. Showing how legacies of colonialism initiate, facilitate, and propagate migration in a multi-ethnic, post-colonial migrant-sending country beyond the end of colonial rule, this text is a key read for scholars of migration, citizenship, ethnicity, nationalism and post-colonialism studies.


Transnational migration Education-induced skilled migration Postcolonialism and race The United Kingdom and Colonial legacies in Asia Education and migration Citizenship and migration Malaysian migration and Ethnicity

Authors and affiliations

  • Sin Yee Koh
    • 1
  1. 1.Universiti Brunei DarussalamBandar Seri BegawanBrunei Darussalam

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