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Engendering Migration Journey

Identity, Ethnicity and Gender of Thai Migrant Women in Hong Kong


Herbary Zhang
Palgrave Macmillan
2023, Number of Pages : XIII, 152
Hardcover ISBN 978-3-031-15974-9
eBook ISBN 978-3-031-15975-6

The monography “Engendering Migration Journey : Identity, Ethnicity and Gender of Thai Migrant Women in Hong Kong” written by Herbary Zhang, adjunct researcher at IRASEC, was just published by Palgrave Macmillan (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship series) on 2nd February 2023.

Drawing on ethnographic research conducted with the Thai migrant community in Hong Kong between 2016 and 2020, this book provides original insights into the complexity and diversity of identity negotiation, ethnicity navigation, and womanhood reinvention of Thai migrant women in Hong Kong. Allowing research to move beyond standard stories of victimized migrants and domestic workers by focusing on the increasing number of Southeast Asians moving into the middle-class, this ethnographic study of the everyday lived experience of Thai migrant women in Hong Kong will advance a new understanding of transnational migration and mobility at the intersections of gender, ethnicity, class, generation, and religion. This book illustrates the influence of transnationalism and multiculturalism on migrant women’s meaning-making and accentuates the importance of diversity within a migrant population — in particular, the importance of maintaining an intersectional perspective to understand the broader phenomenon of contemporary middle-class and professional migration within Southeast Asia.

Read the book.

13 February 2023