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Illusions of ethnic homogeneity : rethinking Chineseness in popular representations of Vancouver real estate Sun, Ruochen


Since the mid-1980s, Canada has experienced a rapid intensification of Chinese immigration and capital as a result of economic globalization and neoliberal restructuring. Despite the diverse socioeconomic statuses, geographical origins and worldviews of the ‘Chinese’ in Canada, the perceived changes to the city’s social fabric and built environment is conflated with the imagined and material manifestations of Chinese immigration. Informed by an anti-foundational thought, I seek to expose the illusion of a monolithic Chinese identity through a mixture of Online Reader Commentary (ORC) analysis and comparative historical analysis. In doing so, I hope to create space for a nuanced understanding of the intersections between global political economy, Chinese identity, and BC’s racial formation.

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