Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines / Edition 1

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Overview

Based on extensive interviewing and access to a wide range of databases, this is an examination of the migration career of wealthy migrants who left East Asia and relocated to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • An interdisciplinary project based on over 15 years of research in Vancouver, Toronto, and Hong Kong, with additional comparative visits and consultations in Sydney, Beijing, and Singapore
  • Traces the histories of the migrants families over a 25 year period
  • Offers a critical view of the spatial presuppositions of neo-liberal globalization, and an insertion of geography into transnational theory
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Editorial Reviews

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"Millionaire Migrants is well illustrated, written in anapproachable style and supplemented with an extensive bibliography.Scholars and students in migration studies, especially those whoare interested in the Vancouver case, will certainly find this bookenjoyable and useful." (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 10November 2011)

"This is a book to dip into to find inspiration." (PPR,May 2010)‘Students of international migrants typically focuson the trials and tribulations of poor and low-skilled people in anot very welcoming society. Their work, while valuable, does notalways reflect the intricacies of the processes of internationalmobility and transnational connectivity as we know them today.David Ley’s multi-level study is a welcome correction to thisone-sided representation. He carefully addresses the variousaspects of the complex lives of millionaire migrants, resulting ina well-written and insightful book.’
—Jan Rath, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES),University of Amsterdam

‘In Millionaire Migrants, David Ley once more demonstrateshis international leadership in the field of social and culturalGeography, with this dazzling account of the transnationalcirculatory flows of Chinese between East Asia and Canada. Ley seesthrough the claims made for the success of business migration tothe rather more modest achievements underneath.’
—Ceri Peach, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405192910
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Series: RGS-IBG Book Series , #39
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ley is Canada Research Chair of Geography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His research examines the social geography of gateway cities, including relations between immigration and urbanisation, and gentrification and housing markets. He is the author of The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City  (1996), and A Social Geography of the City (1983), co-author of Neighbourhood Organizations and the Welfare State (1994), and co-editor of Place/Culture/Representation (1993). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Pierre Trudeau Foundation.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1 Introduction: Trans-Pacific Mobility and the New Immigration Paradigm 1

2 Transition: From the Orient to the Pacific Rim 32

3 Calculating Agents: Millionaire Migrants Meet the Canadian State 66

4 Geography (still) Matters: Homo Economicus and the Business Immigration Programme 98

5 Embodied Real Estate: The Cultural Mobility of Property 126

6 Immigrant Reception: Contesting Globalization ... or Resistant Racism? 162

7 Establishing Roots: From the Nuclear Family to Substantive Citizenship 196

8 Roots and Routes: The Myth of Return or Transnational Circulation? 225

9 Conclusion: Immigrants in Space 250

Notes 260

References 278

Index 309

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