新移民的跨国实践和离散论述:孙侠(铃铛)个案研究 = Transnational practice and diasporic discourses of new immigrant : a case study on Sun Xia (Ling Dang)
Date of Issue2017
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
As a new immigrant from mainland China in the 1990s, Sun Xia portrays very different traits when compared to the earlier Chinese immigrants. She no longer has to face the dilemma of choosing between returning to her homeland and sinking root where she resides. Instead, she lives a double life through transnational links between Singapore and China. She started her transnational journeys in 2004 as an international student in Singapore. Later, she returned to Singapore in 2010 under the Global Investor Program and became a permanent resident with a local property. Sun devotes half of her time as a business woman in Singapore, forming a certain degree of stability in her transnational linkages. Her participation in local culture, commercial and community further diversifies the transnational links. Sun Xia not only focuses on the two-dimensional transnational connections between the two countries, but also applies her transnational practical experience in different areas while expanding her global business. It forms a three-dimensional transnational connection which will expand continuously. Sun Xia is also a poet whom goes by the pen name, Ling Dang. Through her works, she represents a unique diasporic group with multiple identities who identifies with two cultures under the transnational experience. She views her role of a Chinese national as the basis of her identity, enabling her to embrace the differences and similarities between China and Singapore’s Chinese cultures. She then extends her local identity during the process of identity reshaping. Through her entire transnational linkages, she enjoys the sense of belongingness as well as spiritual freedom from globalization.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University