Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- An interdisciplinary project based on over 15 years of research in Vancouver, Toronto, and Hong Kong, with additional comparative visits and consultations in Sydney, Beijing, and Singapore
- Traces the histories of the migrants families over a 25 year period
- Offers a critical view of the spatial presuppositions of neo-liberal globalization, and an insertion of geography into transnational theory
List of Tables.
Series Editors' Preface.
1 Introduction: Trans-Pacific Mobility and the New Immigration Paradigm.
2 Transition: From the Orient to the Pacifi c Rim.
3 Calculating Agents: Millionaire Migrants Meet the Canadian State.
4 Geography (still) Matters: Homo Economicus and the Business Immigration Programme.
5 Embodied Real Estate: The Cultural Mobility of Property.
6 Immigrant Reception: Contesting Globalization… or Resistant Racism?
7 Establishing Roots: From the Nuclear Family to Substantive Citizenship.
8 Roots and Routes: The Myth of Return or Transnational Circulation?
9 Conclusion: Immigrants in Space.
The book traces the attempts of Canada to establish governance mechanisms to contain these migrants as national citizens, and the immigrants' reluctance to be contained. Considering the differential responses of men, women, and children within the family unit, the book also emphasises the role of distance, place, and space in confounding the transnational objectives of the immigrants and the globalizing aspirations of the neo-liberal state.
"This is a book to dip into to find inspiration." (PPR,
May 2010)‘Students of international migrants typically focus
on the trials and tribulations of poor and low-skilled people in a
not very welcoming society. Their work, while valuable, does not
always reflect the intricacies of the processes of international
mobility and transnational connectivity as we know them today.
David Ley’s multi-level study is a welcome correction to this
one-sided representation. He carefully addresses the various
aspects of the complex lives of millionaire migrants, resulting in
a well-written and insightful book.’
—Jan Rath, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam
‘In Millionaire Migrants, David Ley once more demonstrates
his international leadership in the field of social and cultural
Geography, with this dazzling account of the transnational
circulatory flows of Chinese between East Asia and Canada. Ley sees
through the claims made for the success of business migration to
the rather more modest achievements underneath.’
—Ceri Peach, University of Oxford
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