Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Rowman & Littlefield International
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-78348-124-8 • Hardback • July 2015 • $150.00 • (£115.00)
978-1-78348-125-5 • Paperback • June 2015 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-78348-126-2 • eBook • June 2015 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Shuang Liu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.
Acknowledgements / Introduction: Where is The Cultural Home in a Multicultural Society?/ Part One: Migration, Diaspora and Cultural Home / 1. Chinese Migrants and Diaspora / 2. Culture and Cultural Home / Part Two Acculturation, Hybridity and Intercultural Personhood / 3. Acculturation and Adaptation / 4. Hybridity and Intercultural Identity / Part Three Identity Negotiation, Intercultural Individuals and Biculturalism / 5. Identity Negotiation and Reconstruction / 6. Intercultural Marriage and Interracial Children / 7. Biculturalism and Multiculturalism / Conclusion: Do We Need a Cultural Home in a Multicultural Society? Bibliography / Index
The book’s strength lies in its interdisciplinary approach, which offers rich theoretical insights on assimilation, diaspora, hybridity, bilingualism, and multiculturalism. The book is beneficial not only to scholars of international migration but also to those working in communication, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies with an interest in exploring cross-cultural exchanges and identity formation. . . . The book is a tour de force of theory and interdisciplinary dialogues. Liu’s investigation of generational differences and interracial families probes into two of the least-studied aspects of the Chinese diaspora. Her research adds further knowledge to the complexities and nuances of global Chinese identities. Furthermore…her portrayal of the Chinese diaspora in contemporary Anglo-American societies illustrates constant and multiple shifts between an essentialist mode in the search for belonging and an anti-essentialist mode of blending, negotiation, and adaptation. This offers a more complicated and dynamic way to rethink the current debate on diaspora and inter-cultural identities, which often gravitates toward either one of the modes.
— International Migration Review
The book is a rare comprehensive examination of cultural identity drawing from
scholarship across disciplines. The author explores experiences of people residing
in a space of 'collapsed boundaries,' at first focusing on Chinese diaspora with all
its complexity, and offers insight to this culture from the angle of an identity without
one typical anchor or a ‘cultural home.’
— Ling Chen, Professor of Communication Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
Based on the experiences of Chinese immigrants in multicultural societies, this book deals with issues of identity, hybridity, and cultural home from an interdisciplinary approach. The book not only reviews and challenges existing theories, but also provides valuable suggestions for future research. It is a remarkable study, which broadens readers’ perspective and expands the inquiry in this globalizing society.
— Guo-Ming Chen, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island
This book contains a fascinating and comprehensive exploration of acculturation, hybridity, and cultural home, using as its example the massive Chinese diaspora. Liu’s work is at the cutting edge, moving well beyond traditional ideas of acculturation to a nuanced and dynamic discussion of cultural identity. This work is a must-read for anyone interested in acculturation or in Chinese culture.
— Cindy Gallois, Past President of the International Communication Association and Professor Emeritus, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia
Takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topic by drawing on theory from both social psychology and intercultural communication.
Uses case studies of Chinese migration in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.
The first book to explore the experience of identity negotiation across generations of Chinese migrants living in multicultural environments.