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South Korean Migrants in China

An Ethnography of Education, Desire, and Temporariness

190 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book is an ethnographic account of education and migration from the perspective of three groups of South Koreans in contemporary China: migrant parents, children/students, and educational agents. The book reveals how these temporary migrants make choices, plan their trajectories and engage with the authorities, both in China and South Korea. Migrant subjectivities among these groups are driven by and respond to the education-migration regimes of both the sending and receiving countries. As ‘people in between’, they occupy flexible and multiple positionalities that are transnationally distributed. However, paradoxically, they experience a juxtaposition of privilege, integration and separation, which is indicative of the Chinese style of internationalisation. The book adds weight to the argument that China is a temporary destination for foreigners and not one for long-term settlement.
Author Bio
Xiao Ma is an assistant professor in sociology at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. She received her PhD from Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, the Netherlands. Her research interests include migration and education, ethnic community and economy, and immigration governance in China.She publishes in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, and Identities.