I am currently a second-year geography undergraduate at Cambridge University in the UK. I am going to Hong Kong in August, in order to conduct research for my final year dissertation. I am intending to focus my research on expatriates in Hong Kong, looking at the ways in which national identity is retained, both at home, in social groups, through international schools etc.
I am attempting to find out whether the importance of a national identity is gradually being diminished for those living and working away from their country of origin, or whether nationality remains a central part of people’s daily lives.
I was just wondering if I could get some initial thoughts on this (from expats in Hong Kong or anywhere else in Asia), so I can think about how I will structure my ideas and research.
1. As an expat, do you consider yourself and/or your children to be ‘global citizens’ or ‘global nomads’? Or do you consider that your distinct national identity remains important whilst living in a different country?
2. How is your nationality reinforced in your daily life? (i.e. through your social activities, the friends you have, the food you eat?)
3. Do you socialise mostly with British people?
Thank you very much for your help! It would be very useful to get a few ideas of the directions my research might take.