Belongingness and national belonging among youth in Hong Kong

Sung Tae JANG, Christine Margaret HALSE, Daphnee Hui Lin LEE, Chun Ki Queenie HON

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Abstract

This study examined the multiplicative associations of the social categories of ethnicity (Hong Kong Chinese, mainland Chinese, or ethnic minorities), gender, and socioeconomic status (SES) with overall belongingness (to one’s self, personal networks, and society) and national belonging to China among youth (aged 18–24 years) in Hong Kong. Our analysis revealed similar levels of overall belongingness and national belonging among ethnic minority youth relative to Hong Kong Chinese youth. The intersectionality of mainland Chinese female youth determined a higher degree of belongingness compared with their male counterparts and Hong Kong Chinese female youth. Although SES was positively associated with belongingness, it was not significantly associated with national belonging to China. We provided explanations of these patterns and recommends policy strategies to strengthen individual and national belongingness. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalYouth & Society
Early online date11 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jun 2021

Citation

Jang, S. T., Halse, C., Lee, D. H. L., & Hon, Q. C. K. (2021). Belongingness and national belonging among youth in Hong Kong. Youth & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0044118X211022393

Keywords

  • Belongingness
  • National belonging
  • Intersectionality
  • Youth in Hong Kong

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