‘Will I be able to see my family ever again?’ Tales from the Indian diaspora in times of COVID-19 in Singapore

Chattoraj, Diotima (2023) ‘Will I be able to see my family ever again?’ Tales from the Indian diaspora in times of COVID-19 in Singapore. South Asian Diaspora, 15 (2). pp. 185-200.

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Abstract

The novel coronavirus began spreading worldwide since 2020 leaving behind hundreds of thousands of Indian Diaspora stranded. Indian diasporas are heterogeneous, diverse and are perceived as wealthy, dynamic and generally thriving, especially in highly developed countries. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light both strengths and weaknesses of these diasporas. Thus, this paper explores the various ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the lives of the high-skilled Indian diaspora in Singapore. In explaining their varied experiences, I used the concept of commonality. Through a qualitative study, collected data shows their struggles of commonalities embraced by COVID-19. In spite of living an affluent lifestyle in Singapore, they confront uncertainty, pain, fear of losing the loved ones back home. They are nevertheless happy and content, and are very grateful for the ways in which their Singapore have supported them during troubled times.

Item ID: 79121
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1943-8184
Keywords: commonality, COVID-19, high-skilled workers, Indian diaspora
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2024 01:01
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