Acting Australians and being Chinese: Integration of ethnic Chinese business people

Liu, Shuang (2011) Acting Australians and being Chinese: Integration of ethnic Chinese business people. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35 4: 406-415. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2010.04.004


Author Liu, Shuang
Title Acting Australians and being Chinese: Integration of ethnic Chinese business people
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
1873-7552
Publication date 2011-07
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2010.04.004
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 406
End page 415
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports the integration experience of ethnic Chinese business people as they search for a sense of place in their host country, Australia. Data were obtained from semi-structured interviews with 30 ethnic Chinese business owners in the city of Brisbane. The respondents collectively represent 12 types of businesses (e.g., retail, trade, and hospitality). Findings indicate that the two dimensions of Berry's acculturation model, the heritage culture and the host culture, are not necessarily creating incompatible demands on immigrants as they integrate into the host country. Instead, the two dimensions complement one another in the integration process. This paper challenges the dual majority-minority conceptualization, which treats home culture and host culture as existing entities, and it provides further support for viewing cultural identity as performance, always flexible, changing, situational, and being shaped by the immigrants' interactions with their co-ethnics and the host nationals. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Chinese
Ethnic business
Identity
Ingroup
Integration
Outgroup
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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