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By Hung Cam Thai

each year migrants around the globe ship greater than $500 billion to family of their domestic international locations, and this move of cash has very important own, cultural, and emotional implications for the immigrants and their kinfolk alike. Insufficient Funds tells the tale of ways low-wage Vietnamese immigrants within the usa and their bad, non-migrant relatives supply, obtain, and spend funds.
Drawing on interviews and fieldwork with a couple of hundred participants of transnational households, Hung Cam Thai examines how and why immigrants, who principally earn low wages as hairdressers, cleaners, and different "invisible" staff, ship domestic a considerable component to their gains, in addition to spend lavishly on family in the course of go back journeys. Extending past mere altruism, this spending is inspired via complicated social duties and the need to achieve self esteem regardless of their constrained monetary possibilities within the usa. while, such remittances elevate expectancies for criteria of dwelling, generating a cascade impression that monetizes family members relationships. Insufficient Funds powerfully illuminates those and different contradictions linked to funds and its new meanings in an more and more transnational world.

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