Monday, October 20, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] Race, Education, and Citizenship: Mobile Malaysians and a Culture of Migration

Race, Education, and Citizenship: Mobile Malaysians and a Culture of Migration

Speaker: KOH Sin Yee  
(Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong)
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 24 October, 2014  
Venue: Room 12 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


In this presentation, I argue that Malaysia’s brain drain (i.e. the migration of tertiary-educated Malaysians with transnational migration experience, whom I call mobile Malaysians) can be understood as an outcome and consequence of British colonial legacies–of race, education, and citizenship as state-citizen relationship–inherited and exacerbated by the post-colonial Malaysian state. Departing from previous studies explaining such migration as an ‘exit’ response to race-based affirmative action policies privileging bumiputera (‘sons of soil’) Malaysians, I adopt a postcolonial perspective to show how legacies of colonialism initiate, facilitate, and propagate migration in a multi-ethnic, post-colonial migrant-sending country beyond the end of colonial rule.



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