In the East and in the West: London

  • Caroline Plüss


This chapter accounts for the transnational lives of 24 Chinese Singaporeans researched in London in 2009. These lives spanned London, or other places in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and possibly more western, and/or asian societies in which the London participants had lived. This research yields that they Chinese Singaporeans often reckoned that they could maneuver to (continue) to access resources in their transnational education contexts, finding that they had (had) a relatively high acceptance of their characteristics at universities in the United Kingdom. Then the chapter shows that experiencing transnational work contexts often was incongruous because the Chinese Singaporeans thought that could not, or would not, signal, and practice what they perceived as appropriate practices of work socialities in London. The chapter stresses that the Chinese Singaporeans transnational family socialities also often were incongruous because of East–West differences, or the participants kept homogenous transnational family socialities. Furthermore, the research in London yields that the London participants reckoned that their transnational friendships/lifestyle socialities were very various.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiverpoolSingaporeSingapore

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