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Community Forum on Researching Chinese Immigrant Community

July 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm



Forum participants will learn about the research findings and engage in discussion on service and policy implications. Moderator: Dr. Miu Chung Yan


1. Immigration and Identity: A Comparision of Chinese and South Asian Immigrants

Presenter: Dr. Miu Chung Yan, Winnie Tse

As part of an international study on the immigration and settlement processes of Chinese and South Asian immigrants in Los Angeles, Singapore and Vancouver, we observe that Chinese and South Asian in Vancouver may have different reasons of immigration but the challenges that they have experienced in the settlement process are very similar. When examining their identification with the host and home countries we notice statistical differences in correlation with their use of English, years in Canada and use of social media.

2. Re-returning Migration: A Case Study of the Hong Kong Chinese immigrants

Presenter: Dr. Miu Chung Yan, Kennedy Wong

Within the Chinese immigrant community, there is a noticeable trend of the return of Hong Kong Chinese immigrants who moved back to Hong Kong after securing their Canadian citizenship. This presentation reports findings of indepth interviews of 17 re-returnees in Toronto and Vancouver. Other than the commonly cited political reasons, the stories of these participants indicate that life cycle is possibly a major reason causing this circular migration. Despite their Canadian citizenship and lived experience, many still experience similar challenges as many new immigrants to Canada.

3. How has friendship circle changed among Chinese Canadian from childhood to adulthood?

Presenter: Dr. Sean Lauer, Capri Kwong

Ethnic friendships are at the heart of the immigration experience, and research suggests that new-generation Chinese youth friendships are becoming more co-ethnic. We examine friendship change over time with data from the Ethnic Diversity Survey and in-depth interviews with Chinese youth. We interpret these findings using theories of immigration experience.



July 25, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


MOSAIC – Boundary
5575 Boundary Road
Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 2P9

MOSAIC is a multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.

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