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Title: Subethnic interpersonal dynamic in diasporic community : a study on Chinese immigrants in Vancouver
Authors: Yan, MC
Wong, KLY
Lai, D 
Keywords: Subethnicity
Ethnic boundary
Chinese diasporic community
Intra-group dynamic
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Asian ethnicity, 2019, v. 20, no. 4, p. 451-468 How to cite?
Journal: Asian ethnicity 
Abstract: Ethnicity is a social construct that can be conceptualised as a social classification delineating certain boundaries between an ethnic group and the dominant group. Members of an ethnic group are assumed to share similar cultural characteristics and to be homogenous among themselves. Many studies in ethnic organisations have indicated that subethnicity also exists within an ethnic group, but research on subethnicity is scant. Based on the findings of an exploratory study conducted in Vancouver, Canada, we examined how, at an interpersonal level, place of origin, language, mutual bias and discrimination and transnational politics divide the Chinese diasporic community subethnically. Meanwhile, being Chinese in the Canadian context and willingness to break the subethnic boundaries are noted as counterforces to the subethnic divide. We contend that interpersonal interaction is an imperative dimension for the understanding of the shaping of boundary between different subethnic groups.
ISSN: 1463-1369
EISSN: 1469-2953
DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2019.1613885
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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