Migration and Diasporas
The Belt Road Initiatives (BRI) initiated by President Xi Jinping is a bold vision that attempts to initiate communication and development along the 6 corridors that spans the globe. Along the various corridors, there are different responses from the state, local communities as well as the Chinese overseas communities. Governments along the various corridors have responded differently with some embracing it fully while others are critical of its effects and yet some are downright suspicious of the motives behind the BRI. Among the local and Chinese communities, there are different responses too in terms of economic, social and cultural opportunities and challenges.
Among the Chinese in China and Chinese Overseas, BRI presents opportunities as well as challenges as they embark on economic as well as educational and cultural pursuits. At the same time, they are also confronted with risks and challenges as government policies in countries would impact on issues pertaining not only to economic and trade development, but significantly on their status as citizens and migrants as well as their social cultural and ethnic identity.
This panel will interrogate issues of opportunities and challenges that BRI brought along in terms economic development, migration and identity.