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Migration and Householding: Asian and Chinese Examples

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MMB and the School of Geographical Sciences are delighted to host Prof. C. Cindy Fan talking about rural to urban migration in China.

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Prof. C. Cindy Fan from UCLA will receive her honorary degree on the 23rd July in Bristol. She is a distinguished scholar in the field of migration studies and her work mainly involves rural-urban migration in China - profile.

The public lecture will take place in the Peel Lecture Theatre in Geographical Sciences (University Road) - 2-3.30pm - with refreshments afterwards until 4.30pm.

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Given the central role of households in motivating and implementing migration, this paper argues that the household or “householding” approach is fundamental and essential for migration theories, by drawing from examples in China and Asia. Household-splitting that enables the earning of remittances sets in motion processes of gender and intergenerational divisions of labor that involve both the migrants and the left-behind, constrained by and challenging traditional social roles and norms. Circularity and translocality facilitate migrants’ straddling the origin and destination locations and their potential return. In China, hundreds of millions of rural migrants circulate between their home villages and host cities. Large numbers of women from South and Southeast Asia are employed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, facilitated by organized recruitment that restricts their rights and settlement possibilities, and motivated by remittances as a major source of the household income. Likewise, transnational migrants who take on multiple identities and ties infuse new meanings to the “home” and to “being family.” These examples underscore the importance of considering the household rather than the migrant as the basic organizing unit for migration theories, management and policy-making.

C. Cindy Fan, UCLA

Cindy Fan is UCLA’s Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement and is the first woman and Asian to hold the position of senior international officer. She is also Professor of Geography, and is formerly Chair of the Asian American Studies Department and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA.

Prof. Fan received her BA from the University of Hong Kong, her MPhil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her PhD from the Ohio State University. Internationally known for her research on migration, regional development and gender in China, Prof. Fan has numerous publications, including the book China on the Move, a pioneering study on rural-urban migration in China. A regular commentator for the New York Times, Prof. Fan is also frequently interviewed by the media, including the BBC, China Radio International, and National Public Radio. She has delivered numerous keynotes in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the U.S. Prof.Fan is a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Asian Geography Speciality Group of the AAG, an American Council on Education Fellowship, and major grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and Andrew Mellon Foundation.

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