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Asylum Seekers as Symbols of Hong Kong’s Non-Chineseness

Gordon Mathews
p. 51-58

Abstract

This article discusses the situation of asylum seekers in Hong Kong and how it has changed in recent years. Hong Kong treats asylum seekers relatively well compared to some other societies, but at the same time, the chance of being accepted as a refugee is virtually zero. Although it is illegal for asylum seekers to work, it is virtually impossible for them not to work given the miniscule government support they receive. Amidst government neglect, asylum seekers have emerged as heroes among some Hong Kong young people after the Umbrella Movement. Whereas in years past, asylum seekers were generally ignored or looked down upon by Hongkongers, among some youth today, asylum seekers have emerged as symbols of Hong Kong’s non-Chineseness.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on September 2019.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Gordon Mathews, « Asylum Seekers as Symbols of Hong Kong’s Non-Chineseness », China Perspectives, 2018/3 | 2018, 51-58.

Electronic reference

Gordon Mathews, « Asylum Seekers as Symbols of Hong Kong’s Non-Chineseness », China Perspectives [Online], 2018/3 | 2018, Online since 01 September 2019, connection on 18 January 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/8132

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About the author

Gordon Mathews

Gordon Mathews is Professor and Chair at the Department of Anthropology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Room 407 Humanities Building, New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong (cmgordon@cuhk.edu.hk).

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