"Millionaire Migrants is well illustrated, written in an approachable style and supplemented with an extensive bibliography. Scholars and students in migration studies, especially those who are interested in the Vancouver case, will certainly find this book enjoyable and useful." (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 10 November 2011)
"This is a book to dip into to find inspiration." (PPR, May 2010)‘Students of international migrants typically focus on the trials and tribulations of poor and low-skilled people in a not very welcoming society. Their work, while valuable, does not always reflect the intricacies of the processes of international mobility and transnational connectivity as we know them today. David Ley’s multi-level study is a welcome correction to this one-sided representation. He carefully addresses the various aspects of the complex lives of millionaire migrants, resulting in a well-written and insightful book.’
—Jan Rath, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam
‘In Millionaire Migrants, David Ley once more demonstrates his international leadership in the field of social and cultural Geography, with this dazzling account of the transnational circulatory flows of Chinese between East Asia and Canada. Ley sees through the claims made for the success of business migration to the rather more modest achievements underneath.’
—Ceri Peach, University of Oxford
From the Back Cover
This book provides an examination of the wealthy migrants who left East Asia, notably Hong Kong and Taiwan, and migrated to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, in the 1980s and 1990s. Through extensive interviewing and access to databases in Canada and Hong Kong over a 15 year period, Ley traces their migration career, from pre-migration, to arrival in Canada, to housing and business experiences in Vancouver, and for many, the continuing circular migration across the Pacific.
The book traces the attempts of Canada to establish governance mechanisms to contain these migrants as national citizens, and the immigrants’ reluctance to be contained. Considering the differential responses of men, women, and children within the family unit, the book also emphasises the role of distance, place, and space in confounding the transnational objectives of the immigrants and the globalizing aspirations of the neo-liberal state.
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