What contributes to ethnic minorities' identification with Hong Kong? The cases of South Asian and Filipino youth

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Abstract

The context of Hong Kong has not always been favourable for the integration of ethnic minorities, who face various difficulties in education, employment, and daily life. Research, however, has shown that many minorities, particularly the youth, have developed a fair sense of belonging to the city. To explore this puzzle, this study conducted semi-structured interviews with 20 South Asian and Filipino youth and identified four main factors that may be associated with their local identification. They are (1) experiencing less discrimination, (2) achieving a higher level of sociocultural adaptation, (3) having an inclusive conception of Hong Kong identity, and (4) claiming to have received more social benefits. The findings suggest that the context of Hong Kong is not entirely detrimental for ethnic minorities to develop a local identification. Ethnic minorities themselves are also active agents in the construction of identity. Theoretical and policy implications of the findings are discussed. Copyright © 2018 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-249
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online date09 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Ng, H.-Y., Kennedy, K. J., & Hue, M.-T. (2019). What contributes to ethnic minorities' identification with Hong Kong? The cases of South Asian and Filipino youth. Asian Ethnicity, 20(2), 228-249. doi: 10.1080/14631369.2018.1507725

Keywords

  • Ethnic minorities
  • Hong Kong identity
  • Local identification
  • Youth
  • Discrimination
  • Sociocultural adaptation
  • Identity markers

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