Asian Migrants and Religious Experience

Journeys to Labor Mobility

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Bernardo Brown, Brenda S. A. Yeoh
New Mobilities in Asia
  • Chicago, IL: 
    University of Chicago Press
    , June
     312 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mariske Westendorp forthcoming.


Typically, scholars approach migrants’ religions as a safeguard of cultural identity, something that connects migrants to their communities of origin. This ethnographic anthology challenges that position by reframing the religious experiences of migrants as a transformative force capable of refashioning narratives of displacement into journeys of spiritual awakening and missionary calling. These essays explore migrants’ motivations in support of an argument that to travel inspires a search for new meaning in religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Bernardo Brown is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Brenda S. A. Yeoh is Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore.

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