The Chinese have been one of the oldest and largest ethnic communities across the world with well over 35 million people living overseas. Despite their relatively large cultural distance from the host countries, and the ordeals faced by generations of Chinese immigrants due to stereotypes, prejudice, and racism, many have adjusted remarkably well economically and socially in their new country. But how do generations of Chinese immigrants reconcile seemingly incompatible demands from home and host cultures to negotiate bicultural or multicultural identities? Identity, Hybridity and Cultural Home explores the multifaceted concept of cultural identity to uncover the meaning of cultural home for Chinese immigrants in multicultural environments. It questions the conventional notion of a stable and secure cultural identity, challenges the common conception of bilingualism and biculturalism, analyses hybrid identities, and identifies directions for future research on the critical issue of searching for a cultural home in a multicultural society.
Shuang Liu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.
Acknowledgements / Introduction: Where is The Cultural Home in a Multicultural Society?/ Part One: Migration, Diaspora and Cultural Home / 1. Chinese Migrants and Diaspora / 2. Culture and Cultural Home / Part Two Acculturation, Hybridity and Intercultural Personhood / 3. Acculturation and Adaptation / 4. Hybridity and Intercultural Identity / Part Three Identity Negotiation, Intercultural Individuals and Biculturalism / 5. Identity Negotiation and Reconstruction / 6. Intercultural Marriage and Interracial Children / 7. Biculturalism and Multiculturalism / Conclusion: Do We Need a Cultural Home in a Multicultural Society? Bibliography / Index