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Title: One Face, Many Masks: The Singularity and Plurality of Chinese Identity
Authors: Tong, C.-k. 
Chan, K.-b. 
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Tong, C.-k., Chan, K.-b. (2001). One Face, Many Masks: The Singularity and Plurality of Chinese Identity. Diaspora 10 (3) : 361-389. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: After briefly reviewing problems with attempts to derive a single definition of "Chineseness," qualitative interview data collected during 1992/93 fieldwork are drawn on to explore ethnic identity perceptions among 56 Chinese informants in Singapore; supplemental data were obtained from a 1989 survey (N = 1,025) & newspaper/archival material. Analysis reveals how many "traditional" markers of ethnic identity (eg, religion, language, education) have lost their homogenizing influence among these contemporary Chinese, particularly those of the younger generation. Ethnic identity among Singaporean Chinese is seen as being in a state of flux, & the sense of a strong Chinese ethnic community has largely disappeared. Cultural & phenotypical (racial) determinants of identity now appear to be combined, & the choice of ethnic identification & its expression are left largely to the individual. K. Hyatt Stewart.
Source Title: Diaspora
ISSN: 10442057
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