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There are homes at the four corners of the seas: acculturation and adaptation of overseas Chinese

Colleen Ward and Lin En-Yi

in Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199541850
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199541850.013.0039

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 There are homes at the four corners of the seas: acculturation and adaptation of overseas Chinese

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The number of overseas Chinese has now reached 35 million, making them the largest migrant group in the world. That makes the question “how Chinese acculturate and adapt to new environments?” increasingly important in the global arena. This article examines acculturation and adaptation in overseas Chinese. It focuses primarily on the experiences of Chinese sojourners and immigrants, but also makes some reference to those Chinese who are members of established ethnic communities in culturally diverse societies. It describes the dynamics of acculturation in Chinese families. In contrast to Chinese culture (which is collectivistic, family-oriented, and relational), most destination countries for Chinese immigrants embrace individualistic values where individual rights and needs take priority over the needs of the group and family. As a result, upon arriving in their new host countries, Chinese immigrants are faced with the complicated task of balancing loyalty to their family.

Keywords: overseas Chinese; migrant group; Chinese sojourner; ethnic community; culturally diverse society

Article.  14260 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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