Chinese migration to Singapore: Discourses and discontents in a globalising nation-state. / Yeoh, Brenda; Lin, Weiqiang.

In: Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013, p. 31-54.

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In: Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013, p. 31-54.

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Yeoh B, Lin W. Chinese migration to Singapore: Discourses and discontents in a globalising nation-state. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. 2013;22(1):31-54.

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Yeoh, Brenda ; Lin, Weiqiang. / Chinese migration to Singapore: Discourses and discontents in a globalising nation-state. In: Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 31-54.

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title = "Chinese migration to Singapore: Discourses and discontents in a globalising nation-state",
abstract = "Changing economic realities in the last decade have seen the People{\textquoteright}s Republic of China (PRC) emerging as a major source of {\textquoteleft}new{\textquoteright} migrants in the world. In the context of Southeast Asia as {\textquoteleft}destination,{\textquoteright} inflows from the PRC take on another level of significance given the historical antecedents. In this article, we take Singapore, a Southeast Asian global city-state, as a case study of how Chinese migration histories and circumstances have evolved through time. While colonialism has left the city-state with a large ethnic Chinese population that persists till today, Singapore{\textquoteright}s present-day aspirations to become a globally oriented, open economy have led to a new round of transnational migration, where PRC nationals feature prominently. Focusing on the streams of people moving from China to Singapore in the past and present, a comprehensive range of developments surrounding the said mobilities will be examined. These include a short historical account of Singapore{\textquoteright}s, and more generally Southeast Asia{\textquoteright}s, longstanding exchange with China; regulatory regimes that govern Singapore{\textquoteright}s immigration policies today; the typologies and varied characteristics of modern Chinese migrants gracing the city-state{\textquoteright}s doorsteps; and social tensions arising from these contemporary PRC flows into Singapore sitting uncomfortably between being predominantly {\textquoteleft}Chinese{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}anti-Chinese.{\textquoteright} A few reflections follow as a means to conclude this paper.",
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