Transnational cyberpublics: New political spaces for labour migrants in Asia

Lisa Barbara Law

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Abstract

This article offers a cultural interpretation of transnational solidarities that Asian political activists are generating through electronic telecommunications networks. Its focus is on the experiences of the Migrant Forum in Asia [MFA], a network of non-government organizations that question issues of human rights, citizenship and working conditions of labour migrants in the Asian region. MFA's networking activities are being transformed as email enables daily conversations across multiple national borders, and new 'imagined' communities of political action have emerged. English has been chosen as the language of solidarity, and photographs have become important in communicating activities and ideas. These media are innovative modes of transnational communication and shape political spaces that exist in symbiotic relation to the 'real'. Attention to these practices, spaces and the symbolic meanings activists attach to these communities helps to illuminate a cultural politics of transnational activism in this region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-252
Number of pages19
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003

Keywords

  • transnational communities
  • labour migration
  • activism
  • cyberculture

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