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Title:Language matters: the role of linguistic identity in the establishment of the lusophone African community in Macau
Authors:Bodomo, AdamsISNI
Teixeira-E-Silva, Roberval
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic term:China
Portuguese language
group identity
Abstract:This article presents results of a qualitative study of Africans in Macau, as part of the general phenomenon of African migration to China in the 21st century. Focus is on the African community from Portuguese-speaking countries in Macau, outlining its internal organization, memberships, objectives, and activities. The results of the study indicate that this African community is the most established and the best organized African community in China. The authors argue that the common linguistic identity between members of this community and with other Portuguese speakers is a major factor in its relative success. This argumentation is anchored in their cross-cultural theory of community identity building, where factors such as commonality of language, food, and music play important roles in community bonding and community identity building among migrant groupings in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural settings. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]