Training for transnationalism: Chinese children in Hungary

Pál Nyíri*

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews conducted in the mid-2000s, this article discusses the educational strategies and emerging trajectories of Chinese children born or raised locally in Hungary. Born to small entrepreneurs who migrated to Hungary in the 1990s, these children exemplify a second generation issuing from a migration taking place in conditions sharply different from earlier migrant flows to Western Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. This first migrant generation came of age in the post-reform People's Republic of China (PRC) and generally maintains both Chinese citizenship and a political and emotional identification with the PRC. Based on findings in Hungary, this article argues that this cohort of migrants' children is being trained for a sustained transnationalism rather than for a minority position in the society of residence, and that, at least in countries that are semiperipheral for global capitalism, this training appears to be largely effective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBelonging to the Nation: Generational Change, Identity and the Chinese Diaspora
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317584582
ISBN (Print)9781138823426
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016


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