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Education, Migration, and Cultural Capital in the Chinese Diaspora:

Introduction Education, Transnational Migration, and Social Class in East Asia

Two species of capital now give access to positions of power, define the structure of social space, and govern the life chances and trajectories of groups and individuals: economic capital and cultural capital.

—Wacquant (1996, p. x)

For many ethnic Chinese in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, […] strategies of accumulation begin with the acquisition of a Western education…

—Ong (1999, p. 95)

In May 2003 a special issue of Time magazine described a popular trend amongst expectant parents in South Korea—the ‘package childbirth tour’, destined for the United States.