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3. Strategic Identity Construction

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This chapter outlines the early stages of refugee identity formation among the People's Republic of China (PRC) students in Australia in the immediate aftermath of June 4, relating the students' initiatives to the Australian government's initial responses to June 4 and the student protection issue. It discusses the Australian government's panic policy responses to the student issue, and the students' collective construction of a new identity. The chapter also talks about individuals' strategic identity construction. The information cited in Australian government's panic policy to the Chinese student protection issue comes from Australian newspapers and written materials provided to the PRC students by the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) at Migrant Resource Centres (MRC). In 1989, both the humanitarian immigration and refugee programs in Australia were undergoing sweeping changes as part of a general review of the country's immigration policies.

Keywords: Australia; Migrant Resource Centres (MRC); People's Republic of China (PRC) students; Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS); refugee identity formation; student protection issue



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