Cultural identity as a production in process: Dialectics in Hongkongers' account

Ling CHEN*

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The type of identity most salient in intercultural communication is probably cultural identity, also a major issue in intercultural communication studies. This study adopts a dialectical perspective and approaches cultural identity as a dynamic production in and through intercultural contact and interaction. Semistructured interviews of educated young Hongkongers turned out accounts of cultural identity along with their language use in day-to-day activities. These provided indirect access to some lived experience of people in a culturally special society. The study identifies dialectics evident in the production of cultural identity and uncovers ways people deal with dialectic tension in the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-237
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Asian Pacific Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Cultural identity
  • Hong Kong
  • Intercultural communication


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