‘Once you Arrive, you Are a Shenzhener’? Variegated Belongings Among Migrants in Shenzhen, China (78511)

Session Information: Ethnicity and Identity
Session Chair: Huimin Du

Saturday, 25 May 2024 18:00
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

To what extent is contemporary Chinese urbanism cohesive and integrative? Does the concept of belonging resonate with the large population of migrants? This research focuses on Shenzhen, a forefront of policy experimentation and a quintessential immigrant city. Drawing on survey data, the study shows that hukou migrants exhibit a similar level of attachment and local identity as the natives, although fewer of them consider Shenzhen as their home. On the other hand, non-hukou migrants have a weaker sense of place compared to both natives and hukou migrants. For them, developing attachment is relatively easier than developing a local identity or sense of home. These three dimensions are influenced by various factors, including legal, economic, cultural, and relational factors. The study further identifies five types of belongings among migrants based on different configurations of their sense of place. Overall, this research provides a more nuanced understanding of belonging in the context of China’s internal migration.

Huimin Du, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Huimin Du is Assistant Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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