COSMOPOLITAN IMAGINATION: A METHODOLOGICAL QUEST FOR QIAOPI ARCHIVAL RESEARCH

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Shuhua Chen

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For migrants, a family letter may define an absence: of home, of family, of love. It is written to an absence. It may also serve as a way of transporting a migrant home, imaginarily. Each time a migrant writes a letter home, they are making a journey to their family: scenarios with family are developed in their imagination, and thus relationships are crafted, and home is constituted. The practice of letter-writing creates a space that is neither at home nor away sojourning, but somewhere in-between, a space for a migrant to be at home in the world. 

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CHEN, Shuhua. COSMOPOLITAN IMAGINATION: A METHODOLOGICAL QUEST FOR QIAOPI ARCHIVAL RESEARCH. Yearbook in Cosmopolitan Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, jan. 2017. ISSN 2058-5233. Available at: <https://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/ycs/article/view/1385>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2018.