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Mediating the GlobalExpatria's Forms and Consequences in Kathmandu$
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Heather Hindman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786515

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786515.001.0001

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Conjunctures of Mediations

Conjunctures of Mediations

The Historical Logics of Expatriate Nepal

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Mediating the Global

Heather Hindman

Stanford University Press

What is the history of a community with no homeland? This chapter discusses precursors to contemporary expatriate life in Nepal, proposing that it is only through a set of contingent historical conjunctures that modern expatriate life takes on the configuration that it does. British colonialism in India and related attitudes towards the family life of the British in India resonate with contemporary practices. Yet Nepal has its own distinctive relationship with foreign presence, shaped particularly by the collapse of the Rana Regime in 1950 and U.S. Cold War policy. The rise of Nepal as a destination on the Hippy Trail in the 1960s also contributed to the impressions and infrastructures of transnational labor in Kathmandu. These are intertwined with global ideas about overseas business that developed after World War II. Bringing together these diverse stories provides a basis for the rise of Expatria in late twentieth-century Kathmandu.

Keywords:   Structure of Conjuncture, British Colonialism, Cold War, Rana Regime, Tourism, International Business

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