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Family, Identity, and the Vietnamese Diaspora: The Quebec Experience

CHAN Kwok Bun and Louis-Jacques DORAIS
Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Vol. 13, No. 2, FAMILIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: FACING FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES (October 1998), pp. 285-308
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41056991
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Abstract

This paper attempts to identify and explain changes in family ethos and practices among the ethnic Vietnamese in Quebec, Canada. Using data drawn from in-depth interviews conducted in 1997 with twenty-one Vietnamese, the analysis focuses on an emerging diasporic space linking family, host society, and Vietnam. Whilst exploring the familyidentity link, the analytical gaze is on the age and gender politics of the family. It concludes with a note on the gradual nuclearization and democratization of the Vietnamese family overseas although these processes are not without attendant attempts on the part of members of the Vietnamese diaspora to hold on to certain aspects of the old family form — thus the resultant ambivalence.

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