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Title: Paradox of Superdiversity: Contesting Racism and “Chinese Privilege” in Singapore
Authors: Liu, Hong (刘宏)
Huang, Lingli (黄伶俐) 
Issue Date: 4-Oct-2022
Publisher: Brill
Citation: Liu, Hong (刘宏), Huang, Lingli (黄伶俐) (2022-10-04). Paradox of Superdiversity: Contesting Racism and “Chinese Privilege” in Singapore. Journal of Chinese Overseas 18 (2) : 287-311. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Abstract Large-scale immigration has turned Singapore into a highly diverse setting, where migrants and local-born Singaporeans encounter one another on a daily basis. In the past decade, the city-state has seen rising debates and contestations over racism, despite being known as a racially harmonious society. This article situates the public discourse on racism and “Chinese privilege” in the context of superdiversity and examines its wider implications for theorization and policy. Approaching the paradox of superdiversity from a political economy perspective, we investigate how three sets of factors have contributed to the rising public discourse on racism not only between migrants and locals but also among local-born Singaporeans: i) immigration regime and the strategy toward a knowledge economy, ii) new patterns of electoral politics, and iii) the impacts of China’s growing influences in Southeast Asia. This article offers two broader theoretical implications for the scholarship on migration and race relations in a context of superdiversity. First, the paradoxical co-existence of superdiversity and racism obtains not only between migrants and natives, as many studies have shown, but also between native races in the host society. Second, diversifications and new forms of contestations and racism are not only a result of the immigration regime and domestic politics of the host country, but are also shaped by the international political economy, as evidenced by the way in which the rise of China has intensified contestations on race relations in Singapore.
Source Title: Journal of Chinese Overseas
ISSN: 1793-0391
DOI: 10.1163/17932548-12341468
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