Radical Feelings in the ‘Liberation Zone’: Active Chinese Canadian Citizenship in Richmond, BC

Yao Xiao


I rethink Chinese Canadian citizenship through a cultural studies framework combining anti-colonial education and affect, contextualized in the Vancouver area where the Chinese have a long history of settlement, of living with racism, and have now become the majority population in Richmond. Key to such rethinking is a textual analysis of how discourses of Chinese pride signify three different Chinese Canadian citizenship claims. Chinese pride involves radical feelings – ‘radical’ meaning the rise of Chinese epistemology that challenges and changes Eurocentric White supremacy. It is also active, meaning such epistemology is translated into praxis and mobilized toward citizenship claims.


Chinese pride; Chinese Canadian; anti-colonial education; text; Vancouver; citizenship

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