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Global Modernisers or Local Subalterns? Parallel Perceptions of Chinese Transnationals in Hungary

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This paper describes a situation in which an economically successful group of recent migrants (from the People's Republic of China) with strong transnational practices faces a hostile receiving state (Hungary) that makes no attempt to ‘integrate' migrants and deals with them purely as a matter of restriction and control. This situation has given rise to two parallel but opposing narratives of the social position of the Chinese in Hungary: one produced by Hungarian officials and media which views the migrants as semi-criminal marginals, and one engaged in by Chinese officials and the migrants' own media which portrays migrants as pioneering global modernisers. The paper juxtaposes the two narratives and asks how they can be produced and sustained without a clash.

Keywords: China; Eastern Europe; Media; Migration; Transnationalism

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-07-01

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