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The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80

The Pursuit of Identity and Power

In The Chinese in Vancouver, Wing Chung Ng captures the fascinating story of the city’s Chinese in their search for identity. He juxtaposes the cultural positions of different generations of Chinese immigrants and their Canadian-born descendants and unveils the ongoing struggle over the definition of being Chinese. It is an engrossing story about cultural identity in the context of migration and settlement, where the influence of the native land and the appeal of the host city continued to impinge on the consciousness of the ethnic Chinese.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Early Settlement and the Contours of Identity

3 Renewed Immigration and Cultural Redefinition

4 Local-Born Chinese and the Challenge to an Immigrant Discourse

5 Old-Timers, Public Rituals, and the Resilience of Traditional Organizations

6 Negotiating Identities between Two Worlds, 1945-70

7 Constructing Chineseness in the Multicultural Arena

8 Beyond a Conclusion

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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