TITLE

Dreaming Inside a Walled City: Imagination, Gender and the Roots of Immigration

AUTHOR(S)
Sin Yih Teo, Luann
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Asian & Pacific Migration Journal;2003, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p411
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Focusing on the phase before immigration occurs, this paper examines the social and cultural embeddedness, as well as gendered nature, of migration decisions. Based upon focus groups and interviews with recent immigrants from the People's Republic of China in Vancouver, Canada, I explore migrants' deeply personal and multi-layered reasons for departure, challenging economistic views that tend to overvalorize the desire for improving human capital. I also consider the phenomenon of the "adventuring wife" and her "agreeing husband" through a gender lens. The paper demonstrates the significance of context, and reveals the active role of the imagination in initiating migration.
ACCESSION #
12932146

 

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