Perceptions of acculturation and social identity construction among three Taiwanese/Chinese migrants in Australia

Lo, Shu-Fen (Michelle) (2009) Perceptions of acculturation and social identity construction among three Taiwanese/Chinese migrants in Australia. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In recent years, increasing numbers of Chinese migrants have come to Australia to study or to live. In doing so, they have entered a new cultural space. They are faced with many challenges, not only to do with study experience, workplace experience and life-style practices, but also to do with language, communication, culture and identity. Such new challenges can feel dangerous, unstable and uncomfortable as they require moves out of the safety zone of primary cultural experience. This qualitative research study investigates the perceptions and narratives of three Taiwanese-Australian migrants in terms of their experience of this process of acculturation and social identity construction as migrant tertiary students in the new Australian context and of their subsequent experience professionally. Their accounts of where they see themselves to have 'landed' in terms of their acculturation process and identity construction might provide relevant insights to the experience of hybridity which is intercultural Australia.

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ID Code: 30418
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Carr, Mary & Lampert, Joanne
Keywords: Australia, acculturation, social identity, Taiwanese, Chinese, migrants
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 05:02
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:55

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