Migration in the Asia region
The ‘Migration in the Asia Region’ research theme brings together colleagues who research migration and mobilities from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Malaysia campus. As a collective of Asia specialists, their interdisciplinary research engages with different forms of mobile transformation happening in the region and beyond. Individually, the projects focus on different South-South migration patterns and specifically pay close attention to exploring how marginalised communities are impacted by labour conditions, migration policies, racism, and homophobia.
Donald, S.H. (2018) There's No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema, London: IB Tauris/Bloomsbury. *CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2018.
Koh, S.Y. (2017) Race, Education and Citizenship: Mobile Malaysians, British Colonial Legacies, and a Culture of Migration. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ‘Migration, Diasporas, and Citizenship’ Series.
Koh, S. Y. (2022). Elite transnational networks, spaces and lifestyles. In B. Yeoh & F. Collins (Eds.), Handbook on transnationalism (pp. 420–432). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789904017.00036
Koh, S. Y. (2022). Emergent bordering tactics, logics of injustice, and the new hierarchies of mobility deservingness. In H. B. Shin, M. Mckenzie, & D. Y. Oh (Eds.), COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Insights for a post-pandemic world (pp. 183–192). LSE Press. https://doi.org/10.31389/lsepress.cov
Tao, L. and Donald, S.H. 2016. Migrant youth and new media in Asia., in L.Hjorth and O.Khoo (eds) The Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia, Abingdon: Routledge: 28-38.
Cheng, Y., & Koh, S. Y. (2022). The ‘soft infrastructure’ of the Belt and Road Initiative: Imaginaries, affinities and subjectivities in Chinese transnational education. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12420
Koh, S. Y., & Sin, I. L. (2021). Race, whiteness and internationality in transnational education: Academic and teacher expatriates in Malaysia. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 45(4): 656-676. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2021.1977362
Lai, J. Y., Hamilton, A., and Staddon, S. 2021. Transmigrants Experiences of Recognitional (in)Justice in Indonesia’s Environmental Impact Assessment, Society & Natural Resources. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2021.1942350
Staddon, S., Barnes, C., Lai, J. Y., Scazza, M., & Wilkie, R. (2021) A “Token of Love”: the role of emotions in student field trips teaching critical development geographies, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2021.1977918
Yu, T. 2021. Queer Migration across the Sinophone World: Queer Chinese Malaysian Students’ Educational Mobility to Taiwan. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47(15): 3549-3563. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1750946
Yu, T. 2021. Spatialities of Queer Globalization: Middle- and Working-class Hong Kong Gay Men’s Subjective Constructions of Homophobia. Sexualities 24(4): 636-653. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460720936466
Unwin, T., Ghimire, A.,Yeoh S.G., Gois, W., Lorini M.R. and Harindrathanth, G. 2021. Uses of digital technologies by Nepali migrants in Malaysia, Egham: UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London, Working Papers No. 1.
Unwin, T., Ghimire, A.,Yeoh S.G., Gois, W., Lorini M.R. and Harindrathanth, G. 2021. Uses of digital technologies by Nepali migrants and their families, Egham: UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London, Working Papers No. 2.
Lai, J. Y. (2022). SDG10: Reduced Inequalities. SDGs for the Malaysian States: Monitoring the Performance of SDG at the State Level. United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia (Assessment)
Koh, S. Y. (2022, January 31). Old injustices, new tactics: How COVID enabled countries to change their bordering practices. LSE COVID-19. (Blog post)
The Story of Migration animated cartoon -- https://www.mideq.org/en/resources-index-page/story-migration/
Ahmad, N. 2020. 'Migrants in Malaysia: scapegoats in times of crises' (Blog post)
Khor, Y. 2021. 'COVID-19 and housing for migrant workers in Malaysia' (Blog post)
Nathan, N. A. 2020. 'Nepali migrant workers lured with misleading promises' (Blog post)
Featured projects View
Dr Ting Fai-Yu
While Taiwan is widely regarded as Asia’s gay capital for lifestyle consumption, it has rarely been studied as an exporter of queer discourses and tactics, capable of influencing LGBT communities globally. Based on field research, this project examines how the formations of queer Taiwan and Chinese-speaking, or Sinophone, Malaysia are historically connected and mutually productive. On the one hand, it argues that the queer development of Taiwan has significantly shaped ethnic Chinese LGBT people’s experiences and advocacy work in Malaysia. On the other, it highlights how Sinophone Malaysia is fundamentally transnational and distinctively queer, from other ethnolinguistic communities, as a result of its historical links to Taiwan.
Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
The Justice Arts and Migration Network was formed between Lincoln and Hong Kong in 2018:
- To interrogate the role of arts practice in articulating the status of citizenship and belonging for migrant demographics;
- To deploy creative research methodologies in the discovery and analysis of migrant perspectives within and across national and sub-national borders;
- To reframe and re-test contemporary theoretical articulations of the migrant condition through situated arts-based interventions.
The Network’s aims are based on the existing research practices and findings of our original membership, but seeks to build a welcoming and collaborative infrastructure through which academics, scholars, service providers, and activists from all over the world can learn from one another. We are especially honoured when those who bring lived experience to their professional perspectives and contributions form part of our collective and our debates.
Associate Professor Yeo Seng Guan, Nadiah Ahmad, Sharmini Ann Nathan, Yvonne Khor
This project explores how South-South migration is affecting inequality and development in less developed countries. Spanning 12 countries, the project is helmed by Professor Heaven Crawley, Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, England. Together with Dr Anita Ghimire, I anchor the Nepal-Malaysia Corridor. Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, United Kingdom Research & Innovation -- https://www.mideq.org/en/
(2022-25) Dr Koh Sin Yee
This collaborative project examines emerging student mobilities (academic and vocational) and their attendant educational linkages spanning China and Southeast Asia in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative. Funding: Academic Research Fund Tier II, Academic Research Council, Ministry of Education, Singapore.
(2021) Dr Koh Sin Yee
Based on interviews with current and aspiring lifestyle migrations as well as stakeholders in the lifestyle migration industry, this project explores the impacts of COVID-19 related travel and other restrictions on lifestyle migration trends in and to Malaysia.
Full title: The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences and Alternatives for Urban Futures
(2019-2022) Dr Koh Sin Yee
Drawing on methods of comparative urbanism and multi-sited ethnography in London, Beijing, Foshan and Iskandar Malaysia, this collaborative project examines the differentiated modes of speculative and spectacular urban production in the Global China era. Funding: Tackling the UK’s International Challenges 2018, British Academy.
(2021-2024) Dr Lai Jia Yen
This study uses a case study system to understand the network landscape of upstream palm oil value chains on the inclusion or exclusion of justice by agricultural migrants in Indonesia and Malaysia. Policy analysis, social network analysis, and semi-structured interviews will be used to explore the opportunities for and barriers to access to justice through intermediaries, and useful strategies to empower migrants in the upstream palm oil value chains.
Migration and Mobility in the Asia Pacific (MMAP) is an interdisciplinary research cluster established in 2020 and based at Monash University Malaysia. The aim is to foster a multifaceted dialogue on the complexity of migration and mobilities in the Asia Pacific. This cluster sets out to study the factors, conditions and challenges faced by migrants, groups and communities concerned, especially with regards to the social, economic, legal and political implications of gender, inequality and health in the local, national and international contexts. This initiative is led by Dr Sharuna Verghis (Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences) and Dr Koh Sin Yee (School of Arts and Social Sciences).
The cluster runs a Working Paper Series, which provide scholars, practitioners and policymakers an avenue to share and exchange research, information and data, with the broader aim of promoting more equitable approaches and understanding of this under-researched area of migration and migrant communities in the Asia Pacific.