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Chinese Identities, Ethnicity and Cosmopolitanism

1st Edition

By Kwok-bun Chan


172 pages

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Drawing upon wide-ranging case study material, the book explores the ever-changing personal and cultural identity of Chinese migrants and the diverse cosmopolitan communities they create. The various models of newly-forged communities are examined with the added dimension of personal identity and the individual's place in society.

With particular emphasis on the changing face of Chinese ethnicity in a range of established places of convergence, Chan draws on extensive experience and knowledge in the field to bring the reader a fresh, fascinating and ultimately very human analysis of migration, culture, identity and the self.

Table of Contents

Prologue: When Strangers Meet 1. Rethinking Assimilation and Chinese Ethnicity in Thailand 2. Civic Identity and Chinese Ethnicity in a Market Town in Thailand 3. The Migrant Family Drama of Mainland Chinese Immigrants in Singapore 4. The Ethnicity Paradox of Hong Kong Immigrants in Singapore 5. One Face, Many Masks: The Singularity and Plurality of Chinese Identity in Singapore 6. Migration, Dispersal, and the Chinese Cosmopolitan 7. Epilogue: Inner Hybridity in the City

About the Author

Chan Kwok-bun is Head of the Department of Sociology and Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies at the Baptist University of Hong Kong.

About the Series

Chinese Worlds

Chinese Worlds publishes high-quality scholarship, research monographs, and source collections on Chinese history and society. 'Worlds' signals the diversity of China, the cycles of unity and division through which China's modern history has passed, and recent research trends toward regional studies and local issues. It also signals that Chineseness is not contained within borders - ethnic migrant communities overseas are also 'Chinese worlds.'

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General