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Dodom Kim is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her research explores how postcolonial Asian subjects experience the seemingly elusive concepts of law, state, and bureaucracy in their ordinary lives. Her current project focuses on documentation practices that mediate people’s narratives of their social and legal mobility as citizens in southern China.

Narrating Mobility as an Achievement on the Shenzhen–Hong Kong Border

‘Where are you from?’ Whenever this question is asked in Shenzhen, the usual expectation is that you will not hear ‘Shenzhen’ as a response. Rather, it is widely assumed that almost everyone is from somewhere else. As its nickname, ‘city of immigrants’ (移民城市), suggests, Shenzhen is widely regarded as a migrant-receiving destination. Mobility and migration […]

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