In Search of a New Migration Order

Research Cluster for Chinese Entrepreneurial Studies
1pm-2pm, March 18
Richards Building, Room 213, University of Queensland

In Search of a New Migration Order: The Chinese Experience in a Global and Comparative Perspective
Liu Hong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Existing scholarship of patterns of global migration has been fundamentally shaped by the Western experiences, and it tends to be conceptualized at the time of nation-state, the ascendance of Anglo-Saxon capitalism, and methodological nationalism. The past three decades have witnessed some significant changes that are reshaping the international migration order. One is the accelerated pace of global migration which has been facilitated by the advancement in modern technology and telecommunication. Another phenomenon is the rapid rise of China as the second largest economy in the world and a major source of emigration (while also increasingly attracting immigration to its own soil). The recently launched state initiative constructing “One Belt and One Road” by the new Chinese leadership under Xi Jinping has added new momentum to the changing landscapes of global Chinese migration.

This presentation will analyze how these recent transformations have (re)shaped the dynamics, patterns and characteristics of Chinese international migration which in turn provides new insights for an understanding of the evolving global migration order.

Educated in China, Holland and USA, Professor LIU Hong has extensive teaching and research experiences concerning modern Asia and Chinese international migration. He was Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History at the National University of Singapore (1995-2006), Chair Professor of East Asian Studies and Founding Director of Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2010), and Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of History and Asian Studies (2010-), Chair of School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2011-), and Director of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Research Cluster for Chinese Entrepreneurial Studies.