Chinese Transnational Migration in the Age of Global Modernity : The Case of Oceania, Hardback Book

Chinese Transnational Migration in the Age of Global Modernity : The Case of Oceania Hardback

Part of the Routledge Studies in Asian Diasporas, Migrations and Mobilities series


The term `circulatory transnational migration' best describes the unconventional migratory route of many contemporary Chinese migrants - that is an unfinished set of circulatory movements that these migrants engage in between the homeland and various host countries. `Return migration', `step migration' to a third destination and the `astronauting' strategy are all included within this circulatory migration movement wherein `returning' to the country of origin does not always mean to settle back to the homeland permanently; while `step migration' also does not necessarily mean to re-migrate to a third destination country for a permanent purpose.

Liu takes a longitudinal perspective to study Chinese migrants' transnational movements and looks at their transnational migratory movements as a family matter and progressive and dynamic process, using New Zealand as a primary case study.

She examines Chinese migrants' initial motives for immigrating to New Zealand; the driving forces behind their adoption of a transnational lifestyle which includes leaving New Zealand to return to China, moving to a third country - typically Australia - or commuting across borders; family-related considerations; inter-generational dynamics in transnational migration; as well as their future movement intentions.

Liu also discusses Chinese migrants' conceptualisation of `home', citizenship, identity, and sense of belonging to provide a deeper understanding of their transnational migratory experiences.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 308 pages, 9 Line drawings, black and white; 36 Tables, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Colonialism & imperialism
  • ISBN: 9781138218055



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