This website draws on materials and stories collected by the anthropologist Catherine Allerton during a year of fieldwork (2012-13) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. During her fieldwork, Catherine met over 300 children who were the descendants of migrants and refugees.

The stories and images on this website are intended to give a sense of the individual experiences and histories found amongst some of the children of migrants living in Kota Kinabalu. All of the photographs shown here were taken by children themselves, using borrowed cameras, and each child’s images are accompanied by their own captions. The drawings were collected during my volunteer teaching sessions at various alternative learning centres, and the quotes come either from interviews with children and youth, or from children’s own writing.

To preserve the anonymity of the children, pseudonyms are used, and some faces in pictures have been blurred.

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This research has been generously supported by the British Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/J012262/1].

For more detail on Catherine’s academic work on children, migration and Southeast Asia, please visit her website at the London School of Economics: