This book provides a description and analysis of the lives of three famous Hong Kong Eurasian memoirists - Joyce Symons, Irene Cheng and Jean Gittins. 'Eurasian' is a term that could have different connotations during different periods in colonial Hong Kong, and in different spaces within the European and Chinese communities. Eurasianness could mean privilege, but also marginality, adulteration, and even betrayal. Eurasians from different socio-economic sectors had very different perceptions of their own ethnicity, which did not always agree with their externally prescribed identity. This book explores the ethnic choices faced by Hong Kong Eurasians of the pre-war generation, as they dealt with the very fluidity of their ethnic identity.
Being Eurasian: Memories Across Racial Divides
PublisherHong Kong University Press