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.
Brenda S. Yeoh is Provost's Chair Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. Most recently she has co-authored Contested memoryscapes: The Politics of Second World War Commemoration in Singapore (Ashgate, 2016), Transnational Labour Migration, Remittances and the Changing Family in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia (Duke University Press, 2013).