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'God's Little Acre', 'Belfast Chinatown': diversity and ethnic place identity in Belfast

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Chan, Suzanna (2006) 'God's Little Acre', 'Belfast Chinatown': diversity and ethnic place identity in Belfast. In: Euro.Div Conference, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan. FEEM Working Papers, Social Science Research Network, SSRN e-library http://ssrn.com/abstract-896674. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Summary For members of ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, place making can mean negotiating challenges posed by tensions between the two majority communities of Catholic, nationalist, republican and Protestant, unionist, loyalist; tensions which are reflected in contests over place identity. In Belfast, the Chinese Welfare Association (CWA) has undertaken two building projects to service the needs of the Chinese community and to promote diversity, engaging in close consultation with local communities. Hong Ling Gardens Chinese Sheltered Housing Scheme provides culturally sensitive sheltered accommodation for Chinese elders. The second building will provide a Chinese Community and Resource Centre, and construction is planned to commence in December 2006. This paper highlights how the CWA has met challenges posed by territoriality, and anxieties in relation to perceived changes in politico-cultural place identities, within the complexities of Northern Ireland. It uses semi-structured interviews, cultural and social theory, consultation of meeting reports, and empirical observation. Keywords: Northern Ireland, Diversity, Chinese Community, Place Identity, Racism This paper was presented at the First EURODIV Conference “Understanding diversity: Mapping and measuring”, held in Milan on 26-27 January 2006 and supported by the Marie Curie Series of Conferences “Cultural Diversity in Europe: a Series of Conferences”, EURODIV, Contract No. MSCF-CT-2004-516670.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
ID Code:21561
Deposited By:Dr Suzanna Chan
Deposited On:28 Mar 2012 11:16
Last Modified:18 Apr 2013 16:35

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