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Identity shifts as a consequence of crossing cultures: Hong Kong chinese migrants return home

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This chapter explores a psychological conceptualization of the dynamic nature of cultural identity and the behavioural consequences of East-West transitions. Three central premises of the chapter upon which theoretical and empirical data are presented are the flexible and dynamic nature of cultural identities, which enables transformation and hybridization, the evaluative variability of affective, cognitive and behavioural outcomes, and the ability of individuals to maintain and negotiate multiple cultural frames activated by situational cues. The chapter also explores the identity change process that Hong Kong Chinese are undergoing and the consequential negotiation of multiple identities. It reviews empirical findings that examine the cultural identity pro les and outcomes of US and Japanese repatriates. Finally, drawing on the results of a recent study, the chapter discusses variations in the Hong Konger cultural identity response to remigration.

Keywords: East-West transitions; Hong Konger cultural identity; hybridization



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