AS150 3-7-08 - Malaysia & International Norms 3/7/2008...

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Unformatted text preview: Malaysia & International Norms 3/7/2008 AS150, “Migration and Multiculturalism in Asia” Malaysia • Amy Gurowitz, “Migrant rights and activism in Malaysia: Opportunities and Constrains” • “Ethnic balance” in the post-colonial period – Malays 50% • ”bumiputra” (sons of the soil) – Chinese 30% – Indians 9% • Each group has distinct identity. • 1969 Ethnic riot targetting Chinese Migrant Workers • 700,000 registered (2000) • 1,000,000+ undocumented, Sarawak, Sabah • 75% Indonesia • 25% Bangladesh, Philippines Pakistan, Thailand • Men in construction, plantation agriculture (rubber, palm oil) • Women in domestic service Migration Policies & Treatment of Migrant Workers • Labor demands increased. • Undocumented migration increased. • Indonesians and Thais, neighbors • Strict border control • Ad hoc & contradictory policies • Permission for employment • Arrests, deportation, detention camps • Very little attention on human rights Increased Activism...
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This note was uploaded on 06/08/2008 for the course ASIAN STUD 150 taught by Professor Yamanaka during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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