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Additive Identity

Nan M. Sussman

in Return Migration and Identity

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028832
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207370 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028832.003.0006
Additive Identity

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This chapter describes the remigrant experience through a comprehensive examination of the additive identity profile. It reports that the major finding of the Hong Kong Remigration Project (HKRP) is that additive identity is the most common cultural identity profile for Hong Kong remigrants. Thirty-one out of fifty interviewees exhibited an additive identity, and another seven combined additive identity with another profile (two with subtractive and five with affirmative). It further reports that their high cultural flexibility allowed for their high adaptation when living in Canada or Australia and an appreciation of the values and beliefs of those cultures. Simultaneously, they could preserve their Hong Kong culture in part because of the existence of the Chinese diaspora, which figured prominently in the adaptation process.

Keywords: remigrant experience; additive identity profile; Hong Kong Remigration Project; cultural flexibility; Chinese diaspora

Chapter.  11375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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