Organized Panel Session
Migrant populations have diversified remarkably in terms of their motivations, backgrounds, experiences, and the countries of origin and destination. This panel explores how such diversification within a single Asian migrant ethnic group in a destination country creates new dynamics of citizenship and belonging for so-called “new” and “old” migrants. By old migrants we mean typically naturalized citizens and second-generation migrants considered ethnic minorities within the destination states. New migrants are those who do not (yet) hold permanent residence or citizenship.
Recent scholarship and migrant activism have challenged normative definitions of citizenship and put forward new conceptualizations of citizenship as encompassing practices and claims by non-citizen migrants. Therefore, in addition to discussing legal status, political action, and citizenship discourses by Asian migrants and ethnic minorities, four papers in this panel examine plural affective ties and networks as new forms of citizenship (Hall 2013, 2015), including practices of emplacement and new sociabilities (Schiller and Caglar 2013; Schiller and Schmidt 2016).
After 15-minute presentations, each presenter will be given five minutes to comment on one other paper. Instead of a discussant, this format will foster deeper conversation across the panelists, focusing on the following common questions: How do new and old migrants practice citizenship in similar or different ways? How do citizenship policies and global political context influence the ethnic/national belongings of Asian migrants? How do new migrants challenge or reinforce the ethnic/national identities of their co-ethnic citizens? How does the increasing diversification of populations contribute to reworking or subverting existing nationalistic discourses?