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Asian Migration and Global Cities

Anne Cong-Huyen, Jonathan Young Banfill, Katherine Herrera, Samantha Ching, Natalie Yip, Thania Lucero, Randy Mai, Candice Lau, Authors
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Flight Paths

Flight Paths is a networked novel by Kate Pullinger, Chris Joseph, and other participants about a man named Yacub who attempts to escape Pakistan. In the first episode, Yacub attempts to escape as a migrant laborer in Dubai in hopes to earn good money.  However, he realized working conditions were awful than being at home and getting paid for his work was a difficult assessment. Yacub then decides to be a stowaway. In the third episode, we meet Harriet, a mother from London on her way to the supermarket. The fourth episode titled Dark Mass, is the incident where Yacub is falling from the sky and lands directly onto the roof of Harriet's car. Thinking Yacub is a ghost, Harriet invites him back to her place where he meets her son Jack. 

The inspiration for this networked novel comes from the many real life incidences of stowaways. Pullinger wishes to explore the crossing of paths of an airplane stowaway and the woman who witnesses the fall.  Pullinger is most excited for the idea of a networked novel, and it's ability to create a multimedia foundation in order to best represent the struggling life of a migrant worker escaping to a better lifestyle. 

This novel serves a criticism to labor exploitation in Dubai. Workers are forced to flee Dubai to escape their slave-like conditions. These workers see airplanes as modes of transportation, but they don't take the traditional route. Rather they climb into the wheels of planes, and consequently become humans who land from the sky. 

Written by Natalie Yip
Edited by Thania Lucero 
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