Debating Integration in Singapore, Deepening the Variegations of the Chinese Diaspora
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This chapter focuses on integration debates concerning the recent immigration of mainland Chinese migrants to Singapore. While the Singaporean state emphasizes the importance of integrating new immigrants into the existing social fabric of the nation-state, Singaporeans have responded with skepticism about the willingness of new immigrants to integrate. It is critical to counterbalance this set of discourses with the views expressed by immigrants toward integration. The chapter suggests that integration pressures and social inclusion or exclusion are experienced in contradictory ways due to co-ethnic tensions, which is tied to the periodization of immigration to Singapore. By examining the attitudes expressed by the new Chinese immigrants and their experiences of integration, this chapter also draws out the variegations found in the Chinese diaspora landscape that has deepened in Singapore across the decades.
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