Globalization and Citizenship in the Asia-Pacific
Millions of Indonesian, Thai, Bangladeshi and other contract workers are being sent back to their countries from Malaysia because suddenly their labour is no longer needed. The Asian Tigers are in crisis and these workers are the victims of globalization. They are among millions who suffer from the exclusionary nationality laws of Asia-Pacific states. Some are indigenous people, who are not accorded their full civil, political, social and cultural rights in their own countries. Yet others are refugees escaping from regimes that have no respect for human rights. To discuss these kinds of realities and the ways in which citizenship laws in the region might be made consistent with human dignity, a conference on globalization and citizenship in the region was held by Swinburne University of Technology and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.
One of the outcomes is this collection of essays covering theoretical and practical considerations of the connectedness of national belonging and citizenship in East and Southeast Asian and Pacific states including Australia; the impact of mass migration, cultural homogenization and other effects of globalization on notions of citizenship; and possibilities of commitment to a transnational democratic citizenship that respects cultural difference. Written by leaders in their fields, this book fills a significant gap in our knowledge of such matters in the most important economic region of the contemporary world.