Simon Tse, seen in a pre-handover 1996 childhood photo taken at The Peak in Hong Kong. Born Canadian in Hong Kong, he calls himself a “Honger”, or “Hong Kong Canadian”, but not “Chinese Canadian”. Photo: Courtesy of Simon Tse

Why don’t Hong Kong Canadians just say they are Chinese? Because of subethnicity, and this is why it matters

  • A study of ethnic Chinese in Vancouver points to the wide gaps between Hongkongers and mainlanders, defying assumptions about ‘Chinese Canadian’ homogeneity
  • Politics, language, and battles over ‘cultural authenticity’ serve as dividing lines – but some friendships manage to bridge the subethnic gap
Topic |   Chinese overseas

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Simon Tse, seen in a pre-handover 1996 childhood photo taken at The Peak in Hong Kong. Born Canadian in Hong Kong, he calls himself a “Honger”, or “Hong Kong Canadian”, but not “Chinese Canadian”. Photo: Courtesy of Simon Tse
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