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Two sides of everydayness : suffering from foreignness (shou yang zui) and affirmations via hugging among senior Chinese women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Yan, Bing


Chinese seniors are an important part of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community. However, relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them. In this thesis, I conduct research on the everyday life of female Chinese elders living in the Downtown Eastside. Using ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation and in-depth interviews, I explore how their everyday lives are braided by daily suffering and reciprocal activities. I thereby suggest that, first, everyday life forms an important site to examine how immigrants experience the macro social system, especially the intersected structural inequality. Second, a complex form of moral economy grows out of friendships among immigrants as well as friendships with non-immigrants, which invites scholars to draw attention to the intersection of reciprocity, migration, and networks. Finally, I suggest that the relationship between welfare receivers and providers is dynamic within the context of everyday life.

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