The Chinese Face in Australia: Multi-generational Ethnicity among Australian-born Chinese, 1st Edition

  • Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan
  • Chan Kwok-bun
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  • ISBN-10: 1461421314
  • ISBN-13: 9781461421313
  • DDC: 305.895109
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 220 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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The book explains how multi-generational Australian-born Chinese (ABC) negotiate the balance of two cultures. It explores both the philosophical and theoretical levels, focusing on deconstructing and re-evaluating the concept of 'Chineseness.' At a social and experiential level, it concentrates on how successive generations of early migrants experience, negotiate and express their Chinese identity. The diasporic literature has taken up the idea of hybrid identity construction largely in relation to first- and second-generation migrants and to the sojourner's sense of roots in a diasporic setting somewhat lost in the debate over Chinese diasporas and identities are the experiences of long-term migrant communities. Their experiences are usually discussed in terms of the melting-pot concepts of assimilation and integration that assume ethnic identification decreases and eventually disappears over successive generations. Based on ethnography, fieldwork and participant observation on multi-generational Australian-born Chinese whose families have resided in Australia from three to six generations, this study reveals a contrasting picture of ethnic identification.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Two Prologues.
1: Introduction: Chineseness and the Chinese Diaspora.
2: Constructing and Performing Chineseness.
3: The Voice of a Woman: Doreen Cheong.
4: The Voice of a Man: Reg Mu Sung.
5: Authenticity and Physicality: Chineseness in Cultural and Racial Discourses.
6: Chineseness Through the Life Course.
7: Decentered Linkages and Hybridity: The Ambivalence of Chineseness as Identity.