Introduction: Contesting British Chinese Culture

  • Ashley Thorpe
  • Diana Yeh


This chapter maps the terrain of existing research on British Chinese culture, positioning it in relation to work on Chinese and Asian diasporas globally and on British multiculture. It briefly charts emerging debates on British Chinese culture in the 1990s and its marginalization in academic work. It reflects on challenges of knowledge production on British Chineseness within the context of institutions that may support, if not, reproduce racial inequalities. Finally it situates British Chinese cultural politics within the specific historical context of British multiculturalism, particularly in its neoliberal forms, from the 1980s through to present-day discussions of the ordinary multiculture of postcolonial Britain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley Thorpe
    • 1
  • Diana Yeh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Drama, Theatre & DanceRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK
  2. 2.Department of SociologyCity, University of LondonLondonUK

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