CHEN Ling (Hong Kong Baptist University), Cultural Identity as a Production in Process: Dialectics in Hongkongers' Account, English/26 pages, April 2009.


The type of identity most salient in intercultural communication is probably cultural identity, a major issue in intercultural communication studies. This study adopts a dialectical perspective and approaches cultural identity as a dynamic production in and through intercultural contact and interaction. Semi-structured interviews of Hongkongers turned out accounts of cultural identity along with their language use in day-to-day activities. These provided indirect access to the lived experience of people in a culturally special society. The study identifies dialectics evident in the production of cultural identity and uncovers ways people deal with dialectic tension in the process.