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Title: "Middling" Chinese Returnees or Immigrants from Canada? The Ambiguity of Return Migration and Claims to Modernity
Authors: Ho, E.L.-E. 
Ley, D.
Keywords: Canada
China
diaspora
immigration
modernity
return migration
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Citation: Ho, E.L.-E., Ley, D. (2014-01). "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.
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 who are not privy to the preferential treatment given to highly skilled returnees. They come to be 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 that marginalise such migrants in Canada are reproduced in China. The returnees navigate such encounters by mobilising their transnational affiliations to different national contexts. © 2014 Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Source Title: Asian Studies Review
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124380
ISSN: 10357823
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