Mapping the cultural identities of youths in Hong Kong from a social capital perspective

Qiaobing Wu, Ying Ou, Lucy P. Jordan

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With its unique geopolitical status and multicultural setting, Hong Kong has harbored different youth groups generated from cross-border migration with mainland China who are tied to different cultural values and identifications. This study aims to investigate how social capital embedded in the family, school, and community influences the cultural identities across three groups of Chinese youths in the educational system: local students; cross-border students (born in Hong Kong, living in the neighbor city of mainland China but attending schools in Hong Kong on daily commute); and new immigrant students (born in mainland China but living in Hong Kong for less than seven years). Using data from a cross-sectional survey with 2180 fourth-to ninth-grade students in Hong Kong, the logistic regression results suggest that family and community social capital play significant roles in shaping the cultural identity of youths. Implications of the research findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Cross-border students
  • Hong Kong cultural identity
  • New immigrant students
  • Social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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