Migration and Diasporas
While Asia was historically seen as a source of cheap migrant labor for the West, the growing middle class in Asia, alongside rising state investments in Asian educational systems and steady growth in Asian market economies, has created a burgeoning population of skilled Asians who seek mobility opportunities in other Asian countries as well as outside of Asia. This three-part panel explores Asian mobilities across various categories of skilled migrants – students, academics, and young professionals – and asks how their mobility aspirations are constructed, how these Asian migrants choose between destinations in Asia or elsewhere for further study or employment, and what influences their post-migration experiences of assimilation and integration. Particular focus is given to analyzing the experiences of skilled Asian migrants in various global cities around the world, from New York and San Francisco, to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Together, these panels allow for cross-country and cross-city comparisons that highlight the changing educational and employment landscape in Asia as it becomes increasingly integrated along economic and sociocultural lines, and the shifting aspirations of the educated middle-class across Asia.