"Westerners," "Chinese," and/or "Us"

Exploring the intersections of language, race, religion, and immigrantization

Huamei Han*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Based on a four-year ethnography, I draw on critical race theory and Bourdieuian theory of language to analyze why a Chinese Immigrant couple regarded their 1.5-Generation Chinese Canadian leaders at an evangelical Christian church as "Westerners," and how the leaders differentiated themselves from "Westerners" and "Chinese/Immigrants." I argue that language and race intersect in complicated ways to racialize Immigrants and their children differently, and linguistic nationalism as a form of structural racism permeates everyday interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-70
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 1.5-Generation
  • Chinese immigrants in Canada
  • Evangelical Christian church
  • Language discrimination
  • Structural racism

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