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Passages Westward

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Book Series: Studia Fennica Ethnologica ISBN: 9789518580679 9789518580655 9789518580662 Year: Pages: 247 DOI: 10.21435/sfe.9 Language: English
Publisher: Finnish Literature Society / SKS
Subject: Ethnology --- History --- Migration
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"The West has always been a resource for the Finns. Scholars, artists and other professionals have sought contacts from Europe throughout the centuries. The Finnish experience in Western Europe and the New World is a story of migrant laborers, expatriates and specialists working abroad. But you don’t have to be born in Finland to be a Finn. The experiences of second-generation Finnish immigrants and their descendants open up new possibilities for understanding the relationship between Finland and the West.
The Finnish passage westward has not always crossed national borders. Karelian evacuees headed west, as did young people from the Finnish countryside when opportunities to make a living in agriculture and forestry diminished in the post-war era. The legacy of these migrants is still visible in the suburbs of Finnish cities today. 
This book is a joint effort of the Department of Ethnology and the Department of History at the University of Helsinki. It was written by Ph. D. students supervised by Academy Research Fellows Maria Lähteenmäki and Hanna Snellman, in collaboration with colleagues abroad interested in current research in ethnology and history.

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immigration --- migration --- identity --- Finland --- Sweden --- expatriates

Passing Through Shanghai: Ethnographic Insights into the Mobile Lives of Expatriate Youths

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Book Series: Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality ISBN: 9783946054030 9783946054047 9783946054054 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 338 DOI: 10.17885/heiup.48.42 Language: English
Publisher: Heidelberg University Publishing (heiUP)
Subject: History --- Migration
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Passing Through Shanghai examines how children experience international mobility. Focusing on a specific yet diverse group of expatriate youths in contemporary Shanghai, the book investigates how children negotiate cultural identity when they are subject to the highly mobile and often privileged lifestyle associated with their parent’s international careers. The ethnographic fieldwork that informs the book was carried out in Shanghai from 2010 to 2012 and focused on expatriate teenagers’ everyday practices, their lives at international schools, their engagement with the city, their dreams and aspirations, as well as their questions of belonging. The book’s ethnographic approach captures the “in-between” state of moving while growing up and explores teenage practices and positionings in this transitory situation. The teenagers’ own perspectives and experiences of living in expatriate communities contribute to a larger view of the interdependence and contradictions between the aspired flexibility of twenty-first century identities and the rigidity of cultural divisions based on nationality, ethnicity, gender, and class.

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