The Political Economy of South Asian Diaspora Patterns of Socio-Economic Influence

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  • Copyright: 2013-10-31
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The South Asian diaspora is a diverse group who settled in different parts of the world, often concentrated in developed countries. There is an emerging trend of re-engagement of the diaspora in the South Asian region. Entrepreneurs in Japan and Singapore as well as the Malaysian Indian diaspora are involved in South India making the region a lucrative space for capital, talent and ideas. This volume expands into diasporic communities such as the Nepali community in Singapore and their contribution to their home economy through remittances. Beyond economics, the contributors explore how transnational politics overlap with religious ideologies amongst Pakistanis in United Kingdom and the Sathya Sai Baba movement which contributes to diasporic identity building in host countries. They also explore media and culture: in the last decade Bollywood films have portrayed life in the diaspora, and have featured the diaspora and Non Resident Indians (NRI) as fully formed stock characters and protagonists. The process of diaspora re-engagement has tremendous development implications for South Asian countries, both individually and for their regional integration.

Author Biography

Gopinath Pillai has been Ambassador-at-Large since August 2008. He was Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Iran between 1990 and 2008. He has also served as Singapore's High Commissioner to Pakistan. Ambassador Pillai has been Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, since its inception in 2004. As Chairman, he spearheaded the first South Asian Diaspora Conference in 2011 and chairs the second diaspora conference to be held in November 2013.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Gopinath Pillai
1. Looking East and Beyond: Indian IT Diaspora in Japan; Anthony P. D'Costa
2. Bangladeshi Diaspora Entrepreneurs in Japan; Md Mizanur Rahman and Lian Kwen Fee
3. From Sentries to Skilled Migrants: the transitory residence of the Nepali community in Singapore; Hema Kiruppalini
4. Migrant Remittance Supported Micro Enterprises in South Asia; Shahadat Khan
5. Diaspora Route to Professional Success in the Indian Context: A Perspective; Ravi Mantha and Meng Weng Wong
6. Religion, Politics and Islam in the South Asian Diaspora; Pnina Werbner
7. Social Movements in the Diasporic Context: the Sathya Sai Baba Movement; Ajaya K. Sahoo and Melissa Kelly
8. Transnational Subject/Transnational Audience: the NRI trope and Diasporic Aesthetic in Diasporic Romance Films; Sarah Joshi
9. Transnational Collaboration and Media Industry in South India: Case of Malaysian-Indian Diaspora; Shanthini Pillai
Conclusion; Gopinath Pillai

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