|dc.description.abstract||An aspiring international city, Shanghai has a history of being one of the most culturally diverse and attractive cities for tourism, business and employment in China, reflecting a cosmopolitan and international image. With its increasing representation of foreign businesses and organisations and its vision of being an international competitor, Shanghai is fast becoming recognised as a provider of an increasing range of services targeting both local and foreign customers.
One unique category of foreign visitors is the overseas-born Chinese. These are ethnic Chinese born and raised outside the mainland. Speaking and reading Chinese is often challenging for any visitor, and in Shanghai, negotiating their way through the city, overseas Chinese are frequently mistaken for local citizens and treated as such in comparison with other foreign guests. In the service industry, overseas Chinese are often treated with hostility and indifference.
In their countries of birth, many overseas Chinese have grown up in environments stigmatised by racial discrimination and stereotyping, leading to the formation of identities devoid of national or ethnic belonging. In their own countries and in China, they are commonly categorised by race. While there is substantial scholarly work on Chineseness and the Chinese diaspora, a focus on the sociocultural challenges faced by overseas Chinese in a China context warrants further investigation.
Through analyses of the theories of cosmopolitanism and hospitality, an examination of coffee-shop case studies, and a qualitative ethnographic analysis of the experiences of overseas Chinese in locally situated service encounters, this thesis aims to explore the degrees to which this group develops a sense of Chinese identity and belonging in Shanghai. It questions the concept of ‘actually existing cosmopolitanism’ in Shanghai’s service industry and examines the degrees to which this concept contributes to a renewed process of ethnic-identity formation for overseas Chinese and to perceptions of the international city of Shanghai.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Department of Media and Communications||-|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Faculty of Arts and Social Science||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||School of Letters, Art and Media||en_AU|
|dc.rights||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.||en_AU|
|dc.subject||Race and belonging||en_AU|
|dc.title||Race and belonging in an international city: overseas Chinese in ‘new’ Shanghai||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.||en_AU|
|dc.description.disclaimer||Access is restricted to staff and students of the University of Sydney . UniKey credentials are required. Non university access may be obtained by visiting the University of Sydney Library.||en_AU|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (University of Sydney Access only)|