Introduction: At home in Asia? Place-making, belonging and citizenship in the Asian Century

Yiu Fai Chow*, Sonja van Wichelen, Jeroen de Kloet

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    For the authors of this introduction, home is not always or only sweet home. For us, it is constructed with contradictions, ruptures and anxieties. Indeed, the world never fails to present us with ‘real’ people with ‘real’ issues of home. After ‘rescuing’ the idea of home from its two assumed arch-enemies ‘mobility’ and ‘urbanization’, we will proceed to formulate our appeal to reconceptualize ‘home’ and explicate why and how to do so. We have cited instances from Hong Kong, Beijing and Asia at large, not only because the empirical core of this special issue is on Asia, but, more fundamentally, also because we want to take issue with the Eurocentric bias in the debates on home hitherto. We conclude by making a modest plea – or more accurately, to configure various trajectories of thinking on ‘home’ into a plea – to bracket home as (making) place, (not) belonging and (flexible) citizenship.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)243-256
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2015

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Cultural Studies

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Asian Century
    • Asian urbanity
    • Asianization
    • belonging
    • citizenship
    • globalization
    • home
    • identity
    • migration
    • place-making


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