Crossing over : the relationship between overseas Vietnamese and their homeland

Thomas, Mandy (1997) Crossing over : the relationship between overseas Vietnamese and their homeland. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 18(2), pp. 153-176.

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This paper deals with the question—what are the effects of displacement on the perceptions diasporic Vietnamese have of their homeland, and of themselves? Identity has become an issue partly because there has frequently been an assumption that identity is somehow seamless, stable and unchanging. Migration highlights the relational and intersubjective nature of identity (see Bhabha, 1990; Hall, 1990). The homeland itself is also a site of constant transformation and negotiation of identities but the translocation of people accentuates the disjuncture between place and identity. When examining the Vietnamese diaspora, identity must be conceived within the locus of power relations that Vietnamese people operate within, both at a local and global level. The efflorescence of an interest in the politics of identity has come about through massive post-war decolonisation and the redrawing of national boundaries. Here, I will scrutinise how these wider relations of power act upon diasporic identities.

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ID Code: 63160
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Diasporic Vietnamese, Perceptions, Displacement, Identity, Relations of Power
DOI: 10.1080/07256868.1997.9963448
ISSN: 1469-9540
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Centre for Intercultural Studies
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2013 01:39
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 01:39

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