Deconstructing Ethnic Identity of Chinese Children in Northern Ireland


  • Monica Feng-Bing Zhejiang University



ethnic Chinese, cultural narrative, disposition, BOURDIEU, habitus


This paper focuses on two groups of sub-ethnic Chinese children respectively migrating from Mainland China and Hong Kong to Northern Ireland. It examines their cultural narratives surrounding topics of their country of origin, their adopted society in Northern Ireland. The paper analyses not only the surface narratives themselves, but also the social, cultural and political context in which such dispositional narratives were nourished and made possible. Theoretically, the author uses BOURDIEU's concept of "habitus" as the analytical tool to interpret and explain such narrative dispositions. Methodologically, the author uses in-depth interviewing and observations to achieve a more objective and overall understanding of their cultural narratives. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0604297


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Author Biography

Monica Feng-Bing, Zhejiang University

Dr. FENG-BING has many years of cross-cultural teaching experiences at various universities in China, the Netherlands, Singapore and Northern Ireland. Currently she is Associate Professor at School of International Studies of Zhejiang University, China. Her research interest is in ethnicity and identity constructions in multicultural environment.




How to Cite

Feng-Bing, M. (2006). Deconstructing Ethnic Identity of Chinese Children in Northern Ireland. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(4).