Pan-Asian Identity in a Globalizing World

By S. Jeanie Benson and Khairiah A Rahman.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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For many East and South East Asian youth, global citizenship is an increasing reality. This raises new research questions of the process of acculturation and ethnic identity. East and South East Asian immigrants and student sojourners in Australia and New Zealand may embody multiple ethnic backgrounds, speak several regional languages and sometimes live for extended periods of time in two or more Asian states or country. This paper challenges the concept of ethnic essentialism or a single cultural adaptation and explores the notion of a regional Pan-Asian identity that extends beyond the barriers of the Asian continent to a globalizing world.

Keywords: Globalization, East and South East Asian, Australasia, Hybrid Cultural Identity, Cultural Identity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.205-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.411KB).

S. Jeanie Benson

Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, School of Communications, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

My research interest has built from my interactions with East Asian youth particularly in the area of international education and martial arts. My current research interests are in East Asian international student experience in New Zealand, Asianisation, sociology of the media and intercultural adaptation.

Khairiah A Rahman

Lecturer, School of Communications, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

I am interested in investigating the New Zealand social experiences and cultural adaptation of students from Asia. I am also looking into the teaching and learning considerations affecting communication students from Asia. My research interests stem from my cosmopolitan ancestry as well as my own teaching and working background, having lived in Europe, Asia and New Zealand.

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