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Return Migration and IdentityA Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case$
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Nan M. Sussman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028832

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028832.001.0001

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Additive Identity

Additive Identity

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Return Migration and Identity

Nan M. Sussman

Hong Kong University Press

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

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