Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2013.853167
Title: “Middling” Chinese returnees or immigrants from Canada? The ambiguity of return migration and claims to modernity
Authors: Ho, Elaine Lynn-Ee 
Ley, David
Keywords: Return migration
Diaspora
Middling migrants
China
Canada
Immigration
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Source: Ho, Elaine Lynn-Ee, Ley, David (2013). “Middling” Chinese returnees or immigrants from Canada? The ambiguity of return migration and claims to modernity. Asian Studies Review 38 (1) : 36-52. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2013.853167
Abstract: This paper investigates the conceptual overlaps between transnational return migration and immigration by drawing on a qualitative study of Mainland Chinese return migration from Canada. The paper argues that reframing return migration as a distinct type of immigration draws attention to the citizenship vulnerabilities experienced by “middling” returnees that are not privy to the preferential treatment given to highly skilled returnees. They become considered as “foreigners” in their homeland because they have naturalised elsewhere. The paper also explores the double diasporic identifications of Mainland Chinese returnees from Canada; it highlights the tensions and fissures manifested in secondary diasporas, particularly in light of China’s growing prominence in international business, foreign diplomacy and cultural exchanges. The paper suggests that social encounters marginalising such migrants in Canada are reproduced in China. The returnees navigate such encounters by mobilising their transnational affiliations to different national contexts.
Source Title: Asian Studies Review
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/53581
ISSN: 10357823
14678403
DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2013.853167
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