Accepting prejudice and valuing freedom: Young muslims and everyday multiculturalism in Hong Kong

O'Connor, Paul (2010) Accepting prejudice and valuing freedom: Young muslims and everyday multiculturalism in Hong Kong. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 31 5: 525-539. doi:10.1080/07256868.2010.513085


Author O'Connor, Paul
Title Accepting prejudice and valuing freedom: Young muslims and everyday multiculturalism in Hong Kong
Journal name Journal of Intercultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0725-6868
1469-9540
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07256868.2010.513085
Open Access Status
Volume 31
Issue 5
Start page 525
End page 539
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 3316 Cultural Studies
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This paper shows how the experiences of young Muslims in Hong Kong reveal an alternative account of multiculturalism to that which is often portrayed in works about young Muslims in the West. It presents the everyday multicultural experiences of young people as an important resource to understand the lived experience of ethnic and religious diversity. This discussion is framed by the experiences of a multiethnic sample of young Muslims in Hong Kong. Their experiences demonstrate a pragmatic negotiation of cultural difference and a disinterested acceptance of popular racism. These attitudes are argued as being an adaptation to the popular racism pervasive in Hong Kong culture. Despite the racism they experience, the young Muslims argue that they are safe and very free in the territory, a matter that influences the perception of the racism they encounter. The fact that Islam is not perceived as a threat in Hong Kong society provides an alternative understanding of young Muslims as minorities in the post 9/11 era. It is argued in conclusion that understanding what young Muslims value about life in Hong Kong enables us to recognise alternative representations of multiculturalism and to consider how a variety of different dynamics influence the everyday lives of religious and ethnic minorities as citizens in multicultural societies.
Keyword Everyday multiculturalism
Everyday racism
Hong Kong
Multiculturalism
Muslim youth
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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