Participants in the second panel discussed the role of children and parenting in middleclass migration. When Nyíri (1999) did research among an earlier wave of Chinese migrants in Hungary, concern for the present welfare of the child was absent, although it was encompassed in migrant narratives that presented the future material welfare of the family, understood as more or less extended kin, as the purpose of migration. Today’s middle-class migrants explain migration as serving the emotional and mental health of the child, in many cases attended to by both parents living in a state of semi-retirement and leaving their own parents and other kin behind (Beck & Nyíri, 2022). These migrants appear to practice an extreme form of ‘intensive parenting’, which Yan Yunxiang (2021) sees as contributing to the state-led ideology of ‘neofamilism’, but many are far from following the filial piety it prescribes.
|Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics
|Udgivet - jul. 2022