Multiculturalism Migration and the Politics of Identity in Singapore

Author: Kwen Fee Lian
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9812876766
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This edited volume focuses on how multiculturalism, as statecraft, has had both intended and unintended consequences on Singapore’s various ethnic communities. The contributing authors address and update contemporary issues and developments in the practice of multiculturalism in Singapore by interfacing the practice of multiculturalism over two critical periods, the colonial and the global. The coverage of the first period examines the colonial origins and conception of multiculturalism and the post-colonial application of multiculturalism as a project of the nation and its consequences for the Tamil Muslim, Ceylon-Tamil, and Malay communities. The content on the second period addresses immigration in the context of globalization with the arrival of new immigrants from South and East Asia, who pose a challenge to the concept and practice of multiculturalism in Singapore. For both periods, the contributors examine how the old migrants have attempted to come to terms with living in a multicultural society that has been constructed in the image of the state, and how the new migrants will reshape that society in the course of their ongoing politics of identity.

The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back

Author: Grace V. S. Chin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9811070652
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This collection of essays examines how Southeast Asian women writers engage with the grand narratives of nationalism and the modern nation-state by exploring the representations of gender, identity and nation in the postcolonial literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Bringing to light the selected works of overlooked local women writers and providing new analyses of those produced by internationally-known women authors and artists, the essays situate regional literary developments within historicized geopolitical landscapes to offer incisive analyses and readings on how women and the feminine are imagined, represented, and positioned in relation to the Southeast Asian nation.The book, which features both cross-country comparative analyses and country-specific investigations, also considers the ideas of the nation and the state by investigating related ideologies, rhetoric, apparatuses, and discourses, and the ways in which they affect women’s bodies, subjectivities, and lived realities in both historical and contemporary Southeast Asian contexts. By considering how these literary expressions critique, contest, or are complicit in nationalist projects and state-mandated agendas, the collection contributes to the overall regional and comparative discourses on gender, identity and nation in Southeast Asian studies.

Environmental Resources Use and Challenges in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Author: Mario Ivan Lopez
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9811088810
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This edited volume introduces dynamic approaches to the study of Southeast Asia’s environmental diversity from different disciplinary perspectives at the interface between the natural and social sciences. It brings together research on the region’s environmental resource use and shared ecological challenges in the context of present day globalization to offer insights for possible future directions. The book introduces unique approaches to the study of Southeast Asia’s environmental changes and resource management under the influence of intensifying economic change in the region. It also examines the slow erosion of Southeast Asia’s rich environment and addresses serious issues such as the decrease in biodiversity and tropical forests, and the degradation of peat lands. At the same time, it discusses the social issues that are tied to energy-dependent growth and have intensified over the last two decades. It also analyzes the new roadmaps being created to protect, conserve, and manage the environment. By investigating the many ecological issues surrounding us, the volume brings to light the constant struggles we face while trying to develop a more inclusive and equitable approach to natural resources governance. This volume is relevant for students, academics and researchers who have an interest in the Southeast Asian environment and the way in which we use and interact with it.

International Migration in Southeast Asia

Author: Kwen Fee Lian
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9812877126
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This book is a collection of work by migration scholars and researchers who are actively conducting fieldwork in Southeast Asia. It presents a wide variety of current research and approaches the field of international labor migration from a regional perspective, acknowledging that the migration process goes beyond local and national boundaries and is embedded in regional and global interconnections. The chapters capture the complexity and richness of the migration phenomenon and experience, which manifests itself in a multitude of ways in a region well known for its diversity. The collection highlights the continuities and discontinuities in the linkages that have been forged through the movement of people between sending and receiving societies. Such linkages are explained by distinguishing between migration that has been sustained by a colonial past and migration that has been precipitated by globalization in the last two decades. The diversity of issues in the region covered by this volume will encourage a rethink of some of the conventional views of migration scholarship and result in a more critical reflection of how we approach migration research.

Critical Reflections on Migration Race and Multiculturalism

Author: Martina Boese
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317291077
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Migration and its associated social practices and consequences have been studied within a multitude of academic disciplines and in the context of policies at local, national and regional level. This edited collection provides an introduction and critical review of conceptual developments and policy contexts of migration scholarship within an Australian and global context, through: political economy analyses of migration and associated transformations; sociological analyses of ‘settling in’ processes; multi-disciplinary analyses of migrant work; a historical review of scholarship on refugees; a Southern theory approach to cultural diversity; sociological reflections on post-nationalism; Cultural Studies analyses of public culture and ‘second generation’ youth cultures; interdisciplinary and Critical Race analyses of ‘race’ and racism; feminist intersectional analyses of migration, belonging and representation; the theorising of cosmopolitanism; a transdisciplinary analysis of gender, transnational families and care; and a comparative, transcontextual analysis of hybridity. An essential contribution to the current mapping of migration studies, with a focus on Australian scholarship in its international context, this collection will be of interest to undergraduates and postgraduates interested in fields such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, Geography and Politics.

Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia Pacific

Author: K. Shimizu
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137403608
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This book is open access under a CC BY license. This edited collection focuses on theories, language and migration in relation to multiculturalism in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. Each chapter aims to provide alternative understandings to current conflicts that have arisen due to immigration and policies related to education, politics, language, work, citizenship and identity.

Ungeschliffener Diamant

Author: Alice Pung
Publisher: edition fünf
ISBN: 3942374544
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"Ungeschliffener Diamant", 2007 als bestes australisches Debüt ausgezeichnet, erzählt von den Herausforderungen des Erwachsenwerdens in einer globalisierten Welt: Als Tochter chinesisch-kambodschanischer Einwanderer wächst Alice mitten in Melbourne zwischen Hausgöttern, Aberglauben und strengen Traditionen auf. Doch schon bald kommt ihr die Welt der Eltern exotischer vor als die neue Heimat. Mal ernst und verzweifelt, dann wieder augenzwinkernd ironisch entfaltet dieses erzählerische Juwel seinen unwiderstehlichen Charme.

Einfache Rezepte

Author: Madeleine Thien
Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
ISBN: 3641205107
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Die preisgekrönte Erzählsammlung der Autorin des gefeierten Romans „Jene Sehnsucht nach Gewissheit“: Sieben grandiose Familiengeschichten über Liebe und Verrat, über die Sehnsucht nach Geborgenheit und das Verlassenwerden, über Glück und Trauer. Sieben unvergessliche Geschichten, erzählt mit einer Wahrhaftigkeit und Eindringlichkeit, die ihresgleichen suchen. Zwei Schwestern, junge Mädchen, halten vor ihrem früheren Haus Wache. Es ist der Geburtstag ihrer Mutter, und sie sind allein mit dem Bus ans andere Ende der Stadt gefahren, haben der Pflegefamilie nichts gesagt, weil sie hoffen, dass ihre Mutter, die eines Tages sang- und klanglos verschwunden ist, zu ihrem alten Haus kommt und nach ihnen sucht. Eine Frau entdeckt, dass ihr Mann vorhatte, sie zu verlassen und zu seiner Jugendliebe zurückzukehren. Er wurde abgewiesen. Als diese Fremde bei einem Autounfall ums Leben kommt, steht die Ehefrau vor der Entscheidung, wie sie mit ihrem gebrochenen Mann, seiner Trauer und ihrer eigenen Verzweiflung und Wut umgehen soll. Eine Tochter erinnert sich an die bedingungslose Liebe, die sie als Kind für ihren Vater empfand, wie sie ihm fasziniert bei den Ritualen des Kochens – Reis waschen, Fisch zubereiten – zuschaute und zur Hand ging. Und sie erinnert sich an den Moment, in dem plötzlich alles in Frage gestellt war. Madeleine Thien spürt in ihren Geschichten den oft krummen Wegen der Liebe nach. Mit wenigen Strichen fängt sie entscheidende Szenen ein, ob in der Kindheit oder im Leben von Erwachsenen, und zeigt erschreckend klar, wie Nähe, Vertrauen und Sehnsucht den Menschen erst empfänglich machen für den Schmerz.