The Transnational child

Man Yee Angel Mok, David Saltmarsh

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    Research on migration frequently emphasises the cultural backgrounds of migrants, the numbers migrating, and the impact migrants are likely to have on social cohesion, on wealth and assets, and on vocational skills. Rarely, though, do these studies mention children. This article considers the primary school children of Chinese families who have migrated to Sydney, Australia and the development of their transnational identities. Specifically, the article focuses on three families and is drawn from a larger study on cultural identity and family expectations for school performance. The research is ethnographic in character and finds that the children in the study effectively negotiated both their Chinese and their Australian identities, often to a degree that surprised their parents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11-20
    Number of pages10
    JournalGlobal Studies of Childhood
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Chinese
    • Cultural identity
    • Australia
    • New South Wales
    • Sydney (NSW)
    • Migrant children
    • Migrants
    • National identity
    • Parent child relationship
    • Primary school students
    • Ethnography
    • Narrative inquiry
    • Primary education


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