Being Chinese in a Chinese Global City: Hong Kong

  • Caroline PlüssEmail author


This chapter analyzes the transnational lives of 25 Chinese Singaporean who lived in Hong Kong in 2009, focusing on their (dis)embeddedness in transnational work, family, and/or friendships/lifestyle contexts. These different transnational spaces spanned Hong Kong, Singapore, frequently mainland China, and possibly western and English-speaking, and/or other asian, societies. This research shows that the Chinese Singaporeans mostly reckoned that their transnational work contexts were incongruous because they either lacked cultural capital in Hong Kong, and/or in mainland China, and/or did not wish to adapt Hong Kong, and/or mainland, Chinese definitions of appropriate practices of socialities. On the other hand, this research yields that the Chinese Singaporeans thought that their transnational family socialities nearly always were homogenous. The analysis of the participants’ transnational friendships/lifestyle contexts yields that these contexts also foremost were experienced as homogenous, often because the Chinese Singaporeans preferred friendships with people in Hong Kong who did not have differences that the participants assessed as too high to be bridged.


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  1. 1.University of LiverpoolSingaporeSingapore

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