London’s Chinatown: Diaspora, identity and belonging

 

Research Team: Rosemary Sales, Panos Hatziprokopiou, Flemming Christiansen, Alessio D’Angelo, Xiujing Liang, Xia Lin, Nicola Montagna

This research project on London’s Chinatown was funded by the Arts & Humanities Council within its Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme and carried out by Middlesex University. The research includes interviews with a range of key informants and over 50 individual Chinese people living in London and their experience and feelings about Chinatown.

Focusing on London’s Chinatown’s and its role in the construction and maintenance of diasporic identity, it highlights the importance of Chinatown to Chinese people from a range of backgrounds. Further to this, the growing importance of formal and informal economic and political links with the government of the Peoples Republic of China has major implications for Chinatown and for the ‘diaspora’, which are explored in the paper also.

London’s Chinatown: Diaspora, identity and belonging