The complexities of two worlds colliding (review of Ken Chih-Yan Sun’s ‘Time and Migration’ for Global Asia)

The following review appeared in the June issue of Global Asia

Time has become such a preoccupation of migration studies in recent years that the “temporal turn” the field has taken has itself become a research topic. What makes Ken Chih-Yan Sun’s approach in Time and Migration conspicuously different is not so much the longitudinal tack he takes so much as his analysis of how time intersects with various social structures, belief systems and culture. In advancing the concept of “temporalities of migration,” Sun suggests that such processes are cumulative and that the individual life-paths of aging migrants determine how they respond to the late-life transitions that they undergo.

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