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
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.