Chineseness at the crossroads
Meerwald, A.M.L. (2001) Chineseness at the crossroads. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 4 (4). pp. 387-404.
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This article interrogates the practices of Chineseness in the lives of women with Chinese backgrounds living in Australia. It suggests that these women are living in a space of ethnic liminality but that this condition is not limited to diasporic communities. It examines the experiences of migrant women and explores how this borderland space of blurred boundaries functions in the translation of diasporic ethnic subjectivities. It focuses on the processes of subjectification that produce ethnicities that are new but familiar, as the past interweaves with the present to create new but familiar versions of Chineseness. Within multicultural Australia, the production of hybrid ethnic subjectivities is in an increasing state of flux as the boundaries that segregate ethnicities become blurred, as experienced by many in postcolonial locations. This liminal limbo acknowledges the conflictual encounters of diasporic subjects as they negotiate what it means for them to be women with Chinese backgrounds in Australia.
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