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Departing from Java: Javanese Labour, Migration and Diaspora

Presents the Javanese diaspora as a global phenomenon, including the history of dispersal, marginalization in the host country, memories and myths of the homeland, the prospect of returning, financial support for relatives back home, the re-creation of a culture, the formation of a collective identity, and government policies to re-inforce bonds between the homeland and its transnational citizens. Covers topic on locating Javanese diasporic practices in Indonesia’s transmigration resettlement programs, The Javanese in Southeast Sulawesi, New Caledonia, and Malaysia. Deals with Javanese domestic workers in Hong Kong and Singapore, Javanese guest workers’ experiences of racism in Taiwan and their stratagems of resistance, Indonesian domestic workers and East Javanese housemaids in Saudi Arabia in 1990s-2010s.