Being Chinese? National Identity and Student Movements in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2017

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Title112th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association 2017
PlaceCanada
CityMontreal
Period12 - 15 August 2017

Abstract

Recent protest movements in post-colonial Hong Kong have exposed a divided society that is grappling with an identity crisis. This study looks at the co-evolutionary trajectories of Chinese identity and Hong Kong student movements and analyses the mechanisms that have conditioned perceptions of Chinese identity since the 1960s. Using a structured process-based approach to identity, we argue that, during each student movement,‘being Chinese’ has been articulated in relation to the oppressed in the British colony, Chinese nation, local society, and mainland Chinese. The outcome of each movement has redefined the connotation of ‘being Chinese’ among Hong Kong students, and this updated understanding of identity has in turn redirected the next wave of activism. Our study not only contributes to the discussion on the relationship between post-colonial Hong Kong and authoritarian China, but also offers a reference for other regions experiencing similar identity crises.

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Being Chinese? National Identity and Student Movements in Hong Kong. / LIN, Fen; LIN, Sixian.

2017. Paper presented at 112th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association 2017, Montreal, Canada.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review