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Title: Loaded Words: Race, Ethnicity, Language and Culture in the Construction in Chinese-Canadian Identity
Authors: Huynh, Kenneth
Advisor: Heller, Monica
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: Chinese, Canadian, Race, Ethnicity, Language
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: This thesis presents an ethnographic study based in the city of Toronto on how ethnic Chinese negotiate their ambivalence towards the category “Chinese-Canadian”, particularly in relation to discourses about race, ethnicity and language. It is the finding of this study that second generation, economically privileged ethnic Chinese women are likely to feel most comfortable with the aforementioned category, in relation to their counterparts. This is because they are most likely to be able to speak Chinese and English, as well as seek out a vocabulary that allows them to make sense of their experience. They are also likely to be most comfortable because, as Chinese is a feminized category, they more easily fit into the mold of what a Chinese person is “supposed” to be like. Ethnic Chinese men, however, are less comfortable with the category and assert their masculinity by engaging in humour driven in racial and ethnic stereotypes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18074
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