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By Hung Cam Thai

each year migrants around the globe ship greater than $500 billion to relations of their domestic international locations, and this move of cash has very important own, cultural, and emotional implications for the immigrants and their relations alike. Insufficient Funds tells the tale of the way low-wage Vietnamese immigrants within the usa and their bad, non-migrant kinfolk provide, obtain, and spend funds.
Drawing on interviews and fieldwork with multiple 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 section of their gains, in addition to spend lavishly on kin in the course of go back journeys. Extending past mere altruism, this spending is prompted by means of advanced social duties and the need to achieve self worth regardless of their restricted monetary possibilities within the usa. while, such remittances bring up expectancies for criteria of dwelling, generating a cascade impression that monetizes relatives relationships. Insufficient Funds powerfully illuminates those and different contradictions linked to cash and its new meanings in an more and more transnational world.

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