Shifting Identities of South and Southeast Asian Youth in Hong Kong’s Momentous Protests

Wai-Chi Chee, Yanru Jiang

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Abstract

Mass protests swept Hong Kong in 2019, sparked by now-scrapped, highly controversial legislation that would have extradited fugitives to Mainland China. The protests are characterized by a strong sense of solidarity among young protesters upholding local Hong Kong identity. Particularly remarkable is the unprecedented visibility of South and Southeast Asian youth in the protests because, as ethnic minorities, they have long been systematically segregated and struggle to get their voices heard. Their participation in the protests represents a (re)negotiation of Hong Kong belonging. This study found that South and Southeast Asian youth who play a part in the protests paradoxically experience both increases and decreases in their identification with Hong Kong. This paper discusses the diverse senses of citizenship of these South and Southeast Asian youth as they engage in the protests. The data for of this research were collected through in-depth semi-structured individual interviews with 32 South and Southeast Asians aged 15 to 27.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2023
EventTransnational Families and the Second Generation in Asia - National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 19 Jul 202320 Oct 2023
https://www.tsatw.org.tw/page.php?menu_id=2&new_id=3413 (Conference website )

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ConferenceTransnational Families and the Second Generation in Asia
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period19/07/2320/10/23
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