London’s Chinatown: diaspora, identity and belonging

Working paper


Sales, R., Hatziprokopiou, P., Christiansen, F., D'Angelo, A., Liang, X., Lin, X. and Montagna, N. 2009. London’s Chinatown: diaspora, identity and belonging. London Middlesex University.
TypeWorking paper
TitleLondon’s Chinatown: diaspora, identity and belonging
AuthorsSales, R., Hatziprokopiou, P., Christiansen, F., D'Angelo, A., Liang, X., Lin, X. and Montagna, N.
Abstract

This paper discusses some of the main findings of a recently completed research project on London's Chinatown funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council within its diasporas, migration and identities programme. This involved interviews with a range of key informants and over 50 individual Chinese people living in London about their experience and feelings about Chinatown. The paper focuses on London's Chinatown's role in the construction and maintenance of diasporic identity and practice. It highlights the importance of Chinatown to Chinese people from a range of backgrounds and migratory statuses. For many, especially newcomers, it play an essential role in their every day lives and is the first port of call for information, employment and support networks. For others, its symbolic role may be more important. Chinatown was seen as essential in acknowledging their presence and in promoting a sense of belonging. The growing importance of formal and informal economic and political links with the government of the People's Republic of China has major implications for Chinatown and for the 'diaspora' which are explored in the paper.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherMiddlesex University
Place of publicationLondon
Publication dates
PrintMar 2009
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Sep 2009
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Working Paper 3

Web address (URL)http://www.diasporas.ac.uk/assets/Sales%20working%20paper.pdf
Institution nameMiddlesex University
Department nameSchool of Health and Social Sciences: Social Policy Research Centre
Permalink -

https://repository.mdx.ac.uk/item/81w80

  • 31
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

The two emergencies of migrant-related policies in Italy during the first wave of COVID-19: The spread of the virus and the workforce shortages
Montagna, N. 2023. The two emergencies of migrant-related policies in Italy during the first wave of COVID-19: The spread of the virus and the workforce shortages. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 24, p. 1817–1833. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-023-01042-8
For a new sociology of social love
Montagna, N. 2023. For a new sociology of social love. American Sociologist. 54 (2), pp. 338-348. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12108-023-09572-5
Onward migration: an introduction
Montagna, N., della Puppa, F. and Kofman, E. 2021. Onward migration: an introduction. International Migration. 59 (6), pp. 8-15. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12882
Onward migration and intra‐European mobilities: a critical and theoretical overview
Della Puppa, F., Montagna, N. and Kofman, E. 2021. Onward migration and intra‐European mobilities: a critical and theoretical overview. International Migration. 59 (6), pp. 16-28. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12815
Onward migration: An introduction
Montagna, N., Della Puppa, F. and Kofman, E. 2021. Onward migration: An introduction. International Migration. 59 (6), pp. 8-15. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12882
Dominant or subordinate? The relational dynamics in a protest cycle for undocumented migrant rights
Montagna, N. 2018. Dominant or subordinate? The relational dynamics in a protest cycle for undocumented migrant rights. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 41 (5), pp. 785-803. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1312007
Migration and the city: Diversity, migrant economies and urban space Introduction
Hatziprokopiou, P., Frangopoulos, Y. and Montagna, N. 2016. Migration and the city: Diversity, migrant economies and urban space Introduction. City: Analysis of Urban Trends. 20 (1), pp. 52-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2015.1096054
Vent’anni d’immigrazione nel Regno Unito: i flussi, le politiche e il dibattito
Montagna, N. 2014. Vent’anni d’immigrazione nel Regno Unito: i flussi, le politiche e il dibattito. in: Ventesimo Rapporto sulle migrazioni: 1994-2014 Franco Angeli. pp. 207-220
The contestation of space in Milan’s Chinatown
Montagna, N. 2016. The contestation of space in Milan’s Chinatown. City: Analysis of Urban Trends. 20 (1), pp. 91-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2015.1096057
Health challenges in refugee reception: dateline Europe 2016
Blitz, B., D'Angelo, A., Kofman, E. and Montagna, N. 2017. Health challenges in refugee reception: dateline Europe 2016. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14 (12). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14121484
Refugees and citizenship in the UK
Montagna, N. 2014. Refugees and citizenship in the UK. in: Codini, E. and D'Odorico, M. (ed.) Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Critical issues and perspectives McGraw Hill Education.
Thinking Lampedusa: border construction, the spectacle of bare life and the productivity of migrants
Dines, N., Montagna, N. and Ruggiero, V. 2015. Thinking Lampedusa: border construction, the spectacle of bare life and the productivity of migrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38 (3), pp. 430-445. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2014.936892
Editors' introduction: conflicts within the crisis
Montagna, N. and Mew, S. 2012. Editors' introduction: conflicts within the crisis. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order. 39 (1), pp. 1-7.
Questioning while walking: the ‘disobedient movement’, and the centro sociale revolta in Italy
Montagna, N. 2005. Questioning while walking: the ‘disobedient movement’, and the centro sociale revolta in Italy. PhD thesis Middlesex University School of Health & Social Science
Rappresentanza e autorganizzazione: il "welfare dal basso" dei CSA del Nord-Est
Montagna, N. 2007. Rappresentanza e autorganizzazione: il "welfare dal basso" dei CSA del Nord-Est. in: Vitale, T. (ed.) In nome di chi? Partecipazione e rappresentanza nelle mobilitazioni locali Milan, Italy Franco Angeli.
Der früling der migrantinnen
Montagna, N. 2002. Der früling der migrantinnen. in: Azzellini, D. and Gleitze, J. (ed.) Italien: Legalisierung der Flüchtlinge - Militarisierung der Grenzen? Berlin Assoziation A.
Chinatown, Londra: città vetrina e luogo d’appartenenza
Montagna, N. 2008. Chinatown, Londra: città vetrina e luogo d’appartenenza. in: Besozzi, E. (ed.) Immigrazione e contesti locali. Annuario CIRMiB 2008 Milan Vita e Pensiero.
La nuova migrazione cinese nel Regno Unito
Montagna, N. 2009. La nuova migrazione cinese nel Regno Unito. in: Quattordicesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2008 Milan Franco Angeli. pp. 323-336
L'idraulico polacco torna a cassa? Migrazione e recessione nel Regno Unito
Montagna, N. 2010. L'idraulico polacco torna a cassa? Migrazione e recessione nel Regno Unito. in: Quindicesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2009 Milan Franco Angeli. pp. 285-298
L'immigrazione irregolare nel Regno Unito
Montagna, N. 2011. L'immigrazione irregolare nel Regno Unito. in: Sedicesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2010 Milan Franco Angeli. pp. 263-276
Multiculturalismo, politiche d’integrazione e big society nel Regno Unito
Montagna, N. 2012. Multiculturalismo, politiche d’integrazione e big society nel Regno Unito. in: Diciasettesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2011 Franco Angeli. pp. 255-266
Conflitti, movimenti e cambiamento sociale nelle teorie sui movimenti
Montagna, N. 2012. Conflitti, movimenti e cambiamento sociale nelle teorie sui movimenti. in: Koensler, A. and Rossi, A. (ed.) Comprendere il dissenso. Etnografia e antropologia dei movimenti sociali Morlacchi Editore.
La riunificazione familiare nel Regno Unito
Montagna, N. 2013. La riunificazione familiare nel Regno Unito. in: Diciottesimo rapporto sulle migrazioni 2012 Milan Franco Angeli. pp. 203-216
Social movements and global mobilisations
Montagna, N. 2008. Social movements and global mobilisations. in: Ruggiero, V. and Montagna, N. (ed.) Social movements: a reader London, UK Routledge.
London's Chinatown: diaspora, identity and belonging
Sales, R., Hatziprokopiou, P., Flemming, C., D'Angelo, A., Liang, X., Lin, X. and Montagna, N. 2011. London's Chinatown: diaspora, identity and belonging. International Journal of Business & Globalisation. 7 (2), pp. 195-231. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBG.2011.041832
Milan Chinatown: economic incorporation and the contentious uses of urban space
Montagna, N. 2013. Milan Chinatown: economic incorporation and the contentious uses of urban space. in: Gospodini, A. (ed.) Proceedings of the International Conference on “Changing Cities”: Spatial, Morphological, Formal & Socio-Economic Dimensions Grafima.
The de‐commodification of urban space and the occupied social centres in Italy
Montagna, N. 2006. The de‐commodification of urban space and the occupied social centres in Italy. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. 10 (3), pp. 295-304. https://doi.org/10.1080/13604810600980663
Labor, citizenship, and subjectivity: migrants’ struggles within the Italian crisis
Montagna, N. 2012. Labor, citizenship, and subjectivity: migrants’ struggles within the Italian crisis. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order. 39 (1), pp. 37-53.
Contested Chinatown: Chinese migrants' incorporation and the urban space in London and Milan
Hatziprokopiou, P. and Montagna, N. 2012. Contested Chinatown: Chinese migrants' incorporation and the urban space in London and Milan. Ethnicities. 12 (6), pp. 706-729. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796811434909
The making of a global movement: cycles of protest and scales of action
Montagna, N. 2010. The making of a global movement: cycles of protest and scales of action. Sociological Review. 58 (4), pp. 638-655. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01944.x
Chinese in London: images and realities of an urban diaspora.
D'Angelo, A. and Montagna, N. 2009. Chinese in London: images and realities of an urban diaspora. Race in the Modern World Conference. London, UK 01 - 03 Apr 2009
Cityscapes of diaspora: images and realities of London's Chinatown
Sales, R., Hatziprokopiou, P., Liang, X., Montagna, N., D'Angelo, A., Lin, X. and Christiansen, F. 2008. Cityscapes of diaspora: images and realities of London's Chinatown. London, UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
New migrants in England and their needs.
Kofman, E., Lukes, S., D'Angelo, A., Montagna, N., Di Florido, E. and Middlesex University Social Policy Research Centre 2007. New migrants in England and their needs. London Metropolitan Support Trust.
The equality implications of being a migrant in Britain.
Kofman, E., Lukes, S., D'Angelo, A., Montagna, N. and Midllesex University Social Policy Research Centre 2009. The equality implications of being a migrant in Britain. London Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The changing Chinese community in London: new migration, new needs.
Lam, T., Sales, R., D'Angelo, A., Lin, X. and Montagna, N. 2009. The changing Chinese community in London: new migration, new needs. London Middlesex University: School of Health and Social Sciences.
London's Chinatown: branded place or community space?
Sales, R., D'Angelo, A., Liang, X. and Montagna, N. 2008. London's Chinatown: branded place or community space? in: Donald, S., Kofman, E. and Kevin, C. (ed.) Branding cities: cosmopolitanism, parochialism, and social change London Routledge. pp. 45-58