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  • The Cultural Adaptation of Early Hong Kong Immigrants in Taiwan

The Cultural Adaptation of Early Hong Kong Immigrants in Taiwan

Lan-Hung Nora Chiang


English , 2018/02 Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK

Tags: Cultural Studies, Human Geography

215 x 140 mm , 32pp ISBN : 978-962-441-239-0

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As Taiwan is becoming a destination to which an increasing number of Hong Kong people are contemplating emigrating, the experiences of Hong Kong immigrants who settled in Taiwan somewhat earlier might be instructive. This is a qualitative study involving interviews with 40 Hong Kong people (22 males and 18 females) aged between 39 to 77, who came to Taiwan between 1945 and 2002. The sample and family migrants, dispatched employees, and entrepreneurs. Most have settled down successfully in a variety of white collar professional jobs. Despite similarities in Chinese culture, Hong Kong people face various difficulties with the culture and customs of Taiwan. A lack of ability to speak Minnan, the major dialect of local Taiwanese, or the persistence of a Cantonese accent when speaking Mandarin, may have alienated their integration by acting as an obstacle to obtaining a better understanding of the dynamics of human relationships in Taiwan. Moreover, they encountered various cultural differences. Earlier female immigrants, in particular, found Taiwanese society to be much more patriarchal than that of Hong Kong.

Lan-Hung Nora Chiang is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Geography, National Taiwan University.

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