• Couverture WHO ARE THE BRITISH CHINESE? AN EMERGING SENSE OF PUBLIC IDENTITY VIA INTERNET WEBSITES
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WHO ARE THE BRITISH CHINESE? AN EMERGING SENSE OF PUBLIC IDENTITY VIA INTERNET WEBSITES

Miri Song

Communauté(s), communautarisme(s): aspects comparatifs
Date de publication : avril 2008
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Unlike other second-generation minority groups in Britain, such as Britons of African Caribbean or South Asian heritage, Britons of Chinese heritage possess hardly a public profile or image. The dominant image of Chinese people in Britain is still tied to their long-standing presence in the Chinese restaurant and take-away business sector. In this paper we examine British Chinese websites where important questions about inclusion and exclusion, citizenship, participation and the development of a sense of belonging in Britain are discussed. These issues are usually overlooked in relation to a group, which appears to be well integrated and successful in higher education. Unlike the South Asian and African Caribbean populations in Britain, whose cultural and political presence is undeniably felt, there are hardly any references to British Chinese people in mainstream cultural and political life. One reason for this is that the British Chinese are a numerically smaller group. Estimates of the Chinese population in Britain vary, but according to the Office of National Statistics, the Chinese comprise 0.4 per cent of the total population −about 247,000 of whom 38 per cent are aged 16-34.

     
  • ISBN : 978-2-296-05366-3 • avril 2008 • 19 pages
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