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New Crossroads Asia Working Papers No. 31, 32 & 33

The following new papers have been published in the Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series in 2016:

No. 33 Shanatibieke, Mayinu (April 2016): China Kazakhs’ Emigration to Kazakhstan from a Modernity Perspective

Research questions:

What are the Chinese Kazakhs’ reasons to move to Kazakhstan and what are their imaginations of Kazakhstan?
This paper discusses the current situation of China Kazakhs' emigration to Kazakhstan from a modernity perspective. The aim is to rethink modernity in the Chinese context and its impact on Kazakhs in Xinjiang, to discuss the pursuit of modernity as an aspiration and driver for China Kazakhs' cross-border migration, and to contribute to the studies of economic cooperation and regional stability in Central Asia through the example of China Kazakhs.


No. 32 Adaawen, Stephen (February 2016): Reflections on Migration Dynamics in Northern Ghana from the ‘Crossroads Perspective’

Research questions:

In what ways have colonial and post-colonial governmental structures and other historical actors influenced and shaped migratory patterns in Northern Ghana?
What are the mechanisms for negotiating social boundaries (contesting power and social hierarchies) and constructing social spaces in Northern Ghana?
How has the flow of ideas, knowledge and objects facilitated social transformation in rural communities of the area?


No. 31 Mareike Bier and Epifania Amoo-Adare (February 2016): Not Quite Home or Alone: A Conversation on Belonging in a Digital Age

Research questions:

What do we mean by belonging in a digital age?...
What is “Heimat”, and could it be a universal concept?
What constitutes “home”, and how might it differ from “Heimat”?
Does mobility complicate notions of home and belonging?
How does digitalization (e.g., New Media) influence notions of “home” and belonging?


Crossroads Asia would like to thank the authors for their contributions to the project.