Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Social Sciences

Abstract

The growth of mega-cities and more generally rapid urbanization in China not only include hundreds of millions internal migrants, but an increasing number of foreign (including Taiwanese and returning ethnic Chinese) migrants as well. At present, foreign migrants fill relatively small and specific skills and knowledge gaps, but also include marriage migrants, traders, investors, retirees and unskilled workers. However as China's population growth levels off, population ageing sets in. China's working age population is set to decline, slowly at first but increasingly rapidly, especially roughly after 2025. Moreover, the population's sex imbalance will become ever more pronounced and China will face an increasing shortage of marriageable and working age people. Although international migration is set to make an important contribution to these increasing demographic and labour market shortages in China, little research has as yet been done. Our project will provide estimates and projections of the role of international and internal migration on population dynamics in China. The central focus of our project is on the impact of the second demographic transition in China, including family changes, ageing, migration and regional population changes. We will collect vital data on the interaction between labour markets and population dynamics, the consequences of migration, integration policies in China, EU-China mobility, and shifting patterns of inequality and the cultural division of labour. The project therefore speaks directly to the issues under the theme Understanding Population Change of the Europe - China call for collaborative research.

Planned Impact

Our research questions derive directly from current global societal issues. These issues are closely connected to the 'Grand Societal Challenges' as currently determined by the EU in the scope of Horizon 2020, especially the "Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies Challenge." Our impact strategy will include stakeholders and activities at the international, European and national level. These include not only government agencies (European, national, local), and international organizations (ILO, IOM), but also trade unions, NGOs and employers both in China and Europe. At the international level, we will cooperate closely with the organizers of the annual international Metropolis conference. The way the conferences are organized give us excellent opportunities to present our research to a large and varied group of stakeholders. In China, we will work closely with the Centre for China and Globalization to involve key stakeholders within the national and local governments and from civil society. At the European level, we will cooperate with a number of Brussels-based organizations, namely Friends of Europe and the Madarigia - College of Europe Foundation, whose excellent reputations and networks in Brussels will help us reach a very wide range of European policy makers, NGOs and other organizations. This project will also be supported by the Jean Monnet Chair grant in EU-China Relations, held by Wei Shen (French co-applicant) with funding of EURO 45,000 from the European Commission. The Jean Monnet Chair will co-sponsor project conferences in France, China and Belgium and use the network of Jean Monnet Professors to disseminate research outcomes. The project will also further benefit from the UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations (a joint initiative by ESSCA, College of Europe and Free University of Berlin), for which the French PI is the lead coordinator.

Publications

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Barabantseva E (2015) From "Customary" to "Illegal": Yao Ethnic Marriages on the Sino-Vietnamese Border in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review

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Barabantseva E (2015) When Borders Lie Within: Ethnic Marriages and Illegality on the Sino-Vietnamese Border in International Political Sociology

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Barabantseva E (2015) Introduction in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review

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Barabantseva E (2015) Messengers from the US-Chinese Past in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

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Barabantseva, Elena (2015) Governing Marriage Migration: Introduction in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review

 
Title Border People 
Description Border People (2018, 14min) offers a glimpse on how customary ethnic relations and official state practices shape the life of Meihua, a Vietnamese Yao woman who crossed the border to marry with a Yao man Fucai in China. The film juxtaposes Meihua's undocumented presence in China with the Yao origin stories and rituals that male elders pass on to the young generation, on the one hand, and the Chinese state's efforts to preserve Yao ethnic traditions amidst its ambitious strategy for border development, on the other. Although Meihua represents the Yao culture as a valuable resource in the border development plans and official celebrations of ethnic diversity, she is denied a legitimate and independent status in China. The film ponders questions of how the state border enters and shapes Meihua's family relations and what it means for her to, quite literally, inhabit the border undergoing great political and economic transformations. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact password: borderpeople18 
URL https://vimeo.com/251570516
 
Title Fiction 
Description Together with the historian Nelcya Delanoe (Paris) we are writing a fiction based on our researcher experience. "A real novel" (working title) is an account of documentary fiction about improbable encounters in the field, about the serendipity of the research process, and interactions between researchers and the locals. The idea of the book originated in a long correspondence between the two authors that has been taking place since 2006. The story centres around the quest for identity by the main character, a Vietnamese woman who lives in the Sino-Vietnamese borderland. The narrative unfolds around a human adventure that initially happened at the Sino-Vietnamese border, and later transformed into new connections between characters from Vietnam, France and Morocco. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This fiction (work in progress) may attract the attention of the general public on issues related to post-colonial history, social scientists involvements and people living on the margins. 
 
Description ESRC directly funds two UK-based sub-projects, and so far we have the following findings:
The project on 'Muslim traders in China': The inflows of Muslim traders from the Middle East and Africa to China must be understood in their relation to the internal migration of Chinese Muslims. Local governments in Yiwu and Guangzhou in south China (re)built mosques and allowed for unregistered "prayer spots" in order to accommodate the need of foreign traders, who were important for the local economy. Migrant Chinese Muslims from the northwest utilised this policy stance to revive Islam, though they distinguished themselves from the foreign Muslims both religiously and culturally.

The project on 'Marriage migrations along China's border'. After two years of primary research we have discovered that marriage migration to China has extended in geographical scope and grown in numbers. Modalities of international and cross-border familial relations are more diverse than ever before. While in the past international marriage/cross-border relations were restricted to border areas or metropolitan centres, the phenomenon now concerns larger population with various profiles across rural and urban divides. International marriages pose a series of concerns to the Chinese authorities who face the challenge to adjust legal and administrative mechanisms to accommodate a growing number of foreign spouses, yet maintain the restrictive single citizenship regime. In the face of limited naturalisation prospects and denied access to labour market, foreign spouses on family visas turn to informal social networks and digital technologies to cope with social isolation, earn greater financial independence, or/and live their life beyond immediate Chinese family. We have conducted two workshops in Asia in 2016 (Taipei and Kyoto) for purposes of coordination, planning and information exchange. A meeting of the European partners was held in April 2017 and a further meeting of all partners was organised in Shanghai (at our Chinese partner's institute) in August 2017 with the aim to coordinate, share and synthesise the ket findings of all partners involved. We were awarded an extenson for the project to end in May 2019, and are planning a final project conference for April 2019. China's policies and practices of immigration management have gone through a shift since 2013 in the direction of stricter controls, more emphasis on management and the benefits for the development of the domestic economy and normalization of the position of resident foreigners. However, the implementation and consequences of this shift are often unclear, particularly at the local level. This has a direct impact on the rights and freedom of foreigners in China, business and investment in China that is relevant to NGOs and international organizations concerned with civic rights, foreign and domestic employers in China, foreign embassies and consulates and governments in China and Europe.
Exploitation Route We are working on several publications based on our interim findings.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description Caroline Grillot and Elena Barabantseva were interviewed for a feature on demographic challenges faced by China by Simon Dwyer from the Washington Post, who referred to our research project in his article 'Too Many Men' that was published in April 2018 and can be found here https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/world/too-many-men/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9e52027df1b1
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description 'Understanding China' Visiting Scholar Fellowship
Amount ¥10,000 (CNY)
Organisation Confucius Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 08/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description Co-applicant for Leverhulme Visiting Professorship for Prof V. Spike Peterson
Amount £51,962 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description Post-doctorate grant
Amount € 7,500 (EUR)
Organisation French School of the Far East (École française d'Extrême-Orient) 
Sector Academic/University
Country France
Start 06/2017 
End 10/2017
 
Description Collaboration with Jilin University 
Organisation Jilin University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I stayed on campus of Jilin University in Nov 2015, met with local staff and students, and explored future collaborations on marriage migration from Russia to China
Collaborator Contribution n/a
Impact n/a
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Professor Shen Haimei (Yunnan Minzu University) on Governing Cross-Border Marriages in Southwestern China 
Organisation Yunnan Nationalities University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI invited Shen Haimei to participate in the conference panel at the 'Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows' conference in December 2016.
Collaborator Contribution Prof Shen is working on the research project 'Governing of Foreign Brides in the China-Myanmar-Laos-Vietnam Border in transnational immigration perspectives" funded by The National Social Science Foundation of China, 2016-2018
Impact Professor Shen participated in the conference panel 'Cross-border family dynamics: negotiating states, securing livelihoods, practicing citizenship' organised by PI at the 'Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows' conference in Kathmandu on 12-15 December 2016. Collaborative field research on China's southwestern border is planned for summer 2017.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Ma Qiang 
Organisation Shaanxi Normal University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Ma Qiang, himself a Muslim, is a leading expert on Islam and urbanization in China. We started working together on an article, which may lead to larger collaborative projects in the future. I shall act as the lead author, and contribute data collected from on-going field research.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Ma Qiang will contribute to this writing project his broad knowledge on changes in Islam in China in the process of globalization, particularly with the immigration of foreign Muslims.
Impact The article is intended for an edited volume "Asia Inside Out: Mobile Peoples" to be published by Harvard University Press.
Start Year 2016
 
Description National Minzu University, Beijing 
Organisation National Taiwan University
Country Taiwan, Province of China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution It is agreed between a research team in National Minzu University in Beijing, led by Professor Zhang Haiyang and Pan Jiao, and me that regular roundtable discussions will be held whenever I am Beijing to discuss on a number of on-going projects. Each participant reports the progresses made in his/her projects and reflections on changes in ethnic relations in China, and comments on other members' progresses.
Collaborator Contribution same as above.
Impact ????????:???/???????--??????????????? [Migrations of ethnic minorities: transcendence and diversity-- conversations between Xiang Biao, Pan Jiao and Zhang Haiyang]. Consensus, 2013, 9 (Spring).
Start Year 2013
 
Description collaboration with Guangxi Minzu University 
Organisation Guangxi Minzu University, China
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I spent two weeks at the University in June 2015, during which I delivered a seminar to MA students on new approaches to border studies, and conducted a joint fieldwork with a member of staff, Prof Wu Guofu
Collaborator Contribution free on campus accommodation
Impact the fieldwork findings were discussed in the article published as part of the special issue of Cross-Currents
Start Year 2013
 
Description 'Dynamic Borderlands' conference, Kathmandu, 12-15 December 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Elena Barabantseva and Dr. Caroline Grillot (Manchester, UK) took part in the 'Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows' conference in Kathmandu on 12-15 December 2016. 'Cross-border family dynamics: negotiating states, securing livelihoods, practicing citizenship' panel, organized and chaired by Elena Barabantseva, brought together four scholars from China, France and UK at different stages in their careers on the changing cross-border intimacies, governing practices and familial relations across Chinese, Mongolian, Myanmar, and Vietnamese borders.

The papers explored the intersection of several dynamics at play, including changing demographies, globalization of reproduction, family revolutions in the post-socialist and neoliberalising contexts, and new migration patterns which these processes engender. In the context of China's shifting position as a new immigrant destination, the papers highlighted that regulations of marriage and migration play crucial roles in defining membership and borders of national community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://immigrantchina.net/2016/12/21/dynamic-borderlands-conference-in-kathmandu-nepal/
 
Description AAS-in-Asia conference 2016 (Kyoto) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Elena Barabantseva and Caroline Grillot presented their paper on 'Changing infrastructures of marriage migration along China's borders with Russian and China' at the research project conference panel at the AAS-in-Asia, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 24-27 June 2016. The panel and discussion it generated raised the profile of our research project among scholars in Asia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Academic conference contribution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented paper entitled 'Russian Wives', Eurasian children and the dilemmas of citizenship in China, Global encounters: Transnational Mobility within and beyond China', Minzu University of China, Beijing, 23-24 June 2018 that generated lively discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An invited public lecture and an MA seminar at the University of Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A public lecture and an MA seminar on the topic of 'Intimate Geopolitics: Migration, Marriage and Citizenship across Chinese Borders', presented at 'Reproduction Migration Seminar Series', COMPAS, Oxford University, 21 January 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/event/intimate-geopolitics-migration-marriage-and-citizenship-across-chi...
 
Description Born across State Borders: Uncertain Citizenship of Chinese-Foreign Children in China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference paper: "Born across State Borders: Uncertain Citizenship of Chinese-Foreign Children in China"
Place: MARRIAGE MIGRATION, FAMILY AND CITIZENSHIP IN ASIA | 31 JANUARY - 1 FEBRUARY 2019
Organized by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
co-authored with Elena Barabantseva and Michaela Pelican
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chinese beekeepers: an outlook on sedentary nomads' practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact << Chinese beekeepers: an outlook on sedentary nomads' practices >>, Zurich, Département d'ethnologie, Université de Zurich, Colloquium, 3 octobre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference: Asia in Motion - Horizons of Hope, AAS-in-Asia 2016, Kyoto, Doshisha University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation: << Changing infrastructures of marriage migration along China's borders with Russia
and Vietnam >> (with Elena Barabantseva)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Conference: East Asia and Tomorrow's Anthropology, Society for East Asian Anthropology & American Anthropological Association, Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We made a presentation << Marriage migration infrastructure on the Sino-Vietnamese and Sino-Russian
borders >> (with Elena Barabantseva) on our research project and gathered opinions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Discussant at a conference at Portsmouth University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussant at the 'Rethinking Transnationalism in the Global World: Contested State, Society, Border, and the People In-between' conference which attracted international participants, local students, and several representatives from creative industries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.port.ac.uk/centre-for-european-and-international-studies-research/events/rethinking-trans...
 
Description Dynamic Borderlands : Livelihoods, Communities and Flows, 5th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network, Katmandou, Social Science Baha, décembre. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation: << Coping with isolation: reflections on Vietnamese brides networking in rural
China >>
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Ethnographies des itinérants et non-existants. L'exemple des migrantes pour mariages vietnamiennes en Chine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact << Ethnographies des itinérants et non-existants. L'exemple des migrantes pour mariages vietnamiennes en Chine >>, Paris, INALCO, Les Assises de l'Anthropologie de la Chine en France, 6-8 septembre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Group discussion with postgraduate students at the Department of Anthropology and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, 18 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussion with students working on migration, particularly in Asia, on strategies of conceptualization.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Immigrants in China website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our project website communicates the latest project developments and contributions by project members to the outside world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://immigrantchina.net
 
Description Inernational workshop "Suspension: Mobilities, Aspirations, and Sociopolitical Stagnation in China" 17-18 September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact An international workshop that aims to link immigration to China to internal migration and outmigration through the notion of "suspension". By doing so I hope to shed new light on social transformation (or the lack of political transformation) in China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
URL https://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/event/suspension/
 
Description Invited research seminar presentation at the University of Oxford's China Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I presented paper entitled "'Russian brides' and the politics of national reproduction in the People's Republic of China" at the University of Oxford's China Centre that sparked questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.chinacentre.ox.ac.uk/am_event/russian-brides-and-the-politics-of-national-reproduction-in...
 
Description Invited research visit and two lectures at Jilin University, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited research visit to the North-East Asia Research Centre at Jilin University to give two lectures and explore future research synergies. Plans made to develop a future research collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Joint East Asia Studies Conference, London, SOAS, University of London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation: << Marriage migration infrastructure on the Sino-Vietnamese and Sino-Russian
borders >> (with Elena Barabantseva)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynotes Presentation at the workshop Global Ethnographies organized by Central Minzu University Beijing 30 July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Based on data and research experiences from this project, I discussed three questions (1) the construction of multi-scalar ethnographies aimed at capture dynamics of global social re-formation; (2) (re-)positioning of anthropologists based in the global south in the context of globalization; (3) relation of ethnographic research on "sensitive" topics to changing political environment in China. Part of the keynote presentation is published in Wechat Public Account of Tansuo yu Zhengmin (Exploration and Debate).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description L'Apiculture transhumante en Chine : le savoir traditionnel face à l'exportation et au marché mondial 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact << L'Apiculture transhumante en Chine : le savoir traditionnel face à l'exportation et au marché mondial >>, Strasbourg, University of Strasbourg, Département d'ethnologie, Séminaire Ethnologie et Archéologie 'La mondialisation d'hier et d'aujourd'hui. Approches anthropologique, archéologique et paléontologique', 13 avril.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lead organizer and moderator of the international conference "China and The Third World's Global Quesions", and four associated public lectures, 19-22 December 2018, Tsinghua University, Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The international conference "China and The Third World's Global Questions", and four associated public lectures, sought to rethink China's social changes, including recent in-migration, in the global context, and by doing so aimed to redefine issues of global concerns, such as migration and ethnoreligious diversity, from the Third World's perspective. The conference and the lectures were reported in one of the most widely read on-line media, The Paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lecture for professional training 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In the frame of the University Diploma << LES PEUPLES TRADITIONNELS : UN REGARD PLURIDISCIPLINAIRE DE LA COSMOGONIE À LA MÉDECINE TRADITIONNELLE >>, in Sainte Anne Hospital in Paris (professional training for medicine practitioners related workers and general public), I gave a lecture on Chinese society, family changes and international marriages based on my expertise and latest research on the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ch-sainte-anne.fr/Etablissement/Instituts-et-Sainte-Anne-Form-tion/Sainte-Anne-Form-tion/...
 
Description Les mariages sino-vietnamiens en Chine, symptôme d'une société traditionnelle bouleversée 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture in the frame of the Diplôme Universitaire (DU) << Les Peuples traditionnels : un regard pluridisciplinaire. De la cosmogonie à la médecine traditionnelle >>, Centre Hospitalier Sainte Anne (Paris). 4 hours lecture entitled: 'Les mariages sino-vietnamiens en Chine, symptôme d'une société traditionnelle bouleversée', 12 march.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Les pratiques des apiculteurs transhumants chinois : entre déontologie et pression économique 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of my new research project on Chinese migrant beekeepers in the Department of Anthropology (Nanterre University, France), Chinese studies Seminar "Atelier Chine" on June 1st, 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Liberté conditionnelle >> Conditions de travail des apiculteurs transhumants chinois 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of a scientific poster on current research project: Migrant beekeepers in China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.cnrs.fr/mi/spip.php?article1435
 
Description Marrying a Smartphone : reflections on Vietnamese migrant social life in rural China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact << Marrying a Smartphone : reflections on Vietnamese migrant social life in rural China >>, Paris, 6e Congrès Asie, Sciences Po, 26-28 juin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organizor, Public Panel discussion on "Immigration, Labor and Law: the Case of China" Oxford, 7 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two lawyers and one anthropologist (myself) presented our research of the latest immigration policies in China and their social impacts, which form sharp contrast to experiences in Europe but also share some underlying rationalities, particularly the narrow emphasis of the economic value of migration. As such the discussion shed new light on the general discussion on migration policies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in the research workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact presented paper entitled "'Russian Wives', Eurasian children and the Politics of Citizenship in China", at the workshop on 'East Asian Migration Governance in Comparative Perspective: Norm Diffusion, Politics of Identity, and Citizenship', Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 12-13 October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.geas.fu-berlin.de/events/workshops/einsteinplus_ws_18.html
 
Description Public lecture at Summer school on Transnationalism and Nationalism in Central European University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In this three-hour lecture that was divided into two sections, I draw on my project to illustrate how transnational networks and national society intersect in multiple and sometimes contradictory ways. In particular, I demonstrate that the inflow of Mulsim traders from the Middle East and Africa to China, which is an integral part of economic globalization, is tightly controlled by the central government in China but facilitated by local authorities. Furthermore the transnational flows triggered long-distance internal mobility of Chinese Muslims from the north-western region to the southeast. This has visible impacts of the distribution and social organization of Muslims in China. The talk thus introduced a nuanced, multi-scalar framework for examining the constellation of multiple forms of mobilities based on experiences from the global south. This was particularly appreciated by the participants who were formulating their dissertation research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar series Reproduction Migration in the Asia Pacific 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Nine in-depth research seminars, including the topic of immigration of students to China and marriage migration to China, provide rich comparative context for conceptualizing our materials on immigration China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description public presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on migration dynamics to and from China on 8 January 2018 in Beijing. The event was organized by the Beijing Office of the International Organization for Migration, and was attended by 15 diplomats, mostly staff of embassies of European countries, journalist (The Economist) and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018