Date Thesis Awarded

5-2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Global Studies

Advisor

Michael Iyanaga

Committee Members

Michael Hill

Silvia Tandeciarz

Abstract

This research set out to answer the question: How do Chinese immigrants to Argentina form a sense of belonging? This research was initially carried out through bibliographic research and then through two weeks of ethnographic field research in Buenos Aires, Argentina which included participant observation as well as formal and informal semi- structured interviews. A broad understanding of Chinese immigrants’ life experiences was garnered through hearing their personal stories. Chinese immigrants’ experiences overlapped in one main way: all are considered foreign by some of the non-Chinese people around them. However, even accounting for this similarity, the most notable finding was that while Chinese-to-Argentina immigrants’ stories might have had overlapping parts, no two people’s stories were the same and a comprehensive study of immigrant identity formation requires a deep look into each person’s unique experience.

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