Making home away from home

Shuhua Chen
December 2012
Durham Anthropological Journal;
The project investigates how migrant labourers make home on their journeys away from home, and how they express and fulfil their identities through acts of home-making. Instead of paying attention to the economic motivations of labour migration, this project focuses more on seeking individual human capacities 'to go beyond present circumstances of being' (Rapport 2010:3) in terms of making home on the move: making a mobile home beyond the fixed spatial one, and making an imagined home beyond the material one. Reflecting their different perceptions of home, people utilise different resources and media in 'making' their homes. Based on the historical context of Nanyang (Southeast Asia) Emigration (1860 - 1949), I seek to find out how we can better know the ways the migrants make their homes, and their ideas of home through a particular type of family remittance letter (qiaopi). The article ends up opening a discussion of how we can ethnographically investigate migrants' imagined home in a historical context.


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