The Chinese Face in Australia

Multi-generational Ethnicity among Australian-born Chinese

  • Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan
  • Chan Kwok-bun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 1-17
  3. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 19-46
  4. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 47-83
  5. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 85-115
  6. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 117-140
  7. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 141-166
  8. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 167-190
  9. Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan, Chan Kwok-bun
    Pages 191-198
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 199-220

About this book

Introduction

The Chinese Face in Australia
Multi-generational Ethnicity among Australian-born Chinese

Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan and Chan Kwok-bun

They have been settled for three, four, five and even six generations and have strong national and cultural identities grounded in Australia. Yet Chineseness remains central to the identity of the Australian-born Chinese— whether they willingly choose to identify with it or it is imposed upon them by others.

The Chinese Face in Australia explores how long-settled Australian-born Chinese (ABCs) perceive and perform ethnicity within the family, the ethnic community, Australian society, and the global Chinese diaspora. Using extensive interview transcripts and rich autobiographical and visual materials, the authors examine the social experiences of the ABC community in Australia, particularly in terms of the Chinese cultural discourse. This provocative volume:

  • Explores the impact of racial concepts on the formation of hybrid identities throughout their life courses, complicating and placing burdens on the daily lives of long-settled ABCs.
  • Describes how these social processes and practices have been shared for centuries by other Chinese diasporic communities across the world.
  • Informs the discourse on the experience of Australia’s other minority groups.
  • Addresses global issues of race, ethnicity, culture, and immigration.
  • Provides object lessons for other immigrant societies confronting difficult issues of race and identity.

 

 

Keywords

Assimilation and integration Australian-born Chinese/Chinese Australians Chinese Identity Chinese diaspora in Australia Chinese disapora Cultural and racial discourse Ethnic identification Hybrid identity construction Melting-pot Migrant communitites Mulit-generational Australian-born Chinese physicality and faciality race and ethnicity

Authors and affiliations

  • Lucille Lok-Sun Ngan
    • 1
  • Chan Kwok-bun
    • 2
  1. 1.Hong Kong Institute of EducationMidlevelsHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.Chan Institute of Social Sciences (CISS)Ap Lei ChauHong Kong SAR

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-2131-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-2130-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-2131-3
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