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The transnational linkages of chinese in Toronto

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In recent decades, there has been heated discussion about the applicability of the assimilation perspective to explain recent immigrant adaptation experiences. Drawing from data collected in a recent systematic survey of immigrant adaptation in Toronto, this chapter explores the transnational contact of Chinese, a major recent immigrant group in Canada. Transnational contact in the chapter refers to the communication with individuals and information obtained from the home country. The chapter shows that only a small proportion of Chinese immigrants and Canadian-born Chinese are involved in intensive and extensive transnational contact. It further demonstrates that immigrants participating in transnational contact are those who have arrived recently and lack local social support. The findings suggest that transnational contact has not been a widespread practice among immigrants, and that these activities may be just the initial stage of the larger assimilation process.

Keywords: Canadian-born Chinese; Chinese immigrants; immigrant adaptation; Toronto; transnational contact



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