Multiculturalism, Culture Mixing, and Prejudice: Effects of Priming Chinese Diversity Models Among Hong Kong University Students

Frank Tian-fang Ye, Emma E. Buchtel

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Abstract

In two studies, we investigated how Hong Kong university students reacted to descriptions of China as multicultural vs. assimilatory, examining effects on emotions, prejudice toward Mainland Chinese, attitudes toward Hong Kong/China culture mixing, and cultural identities. Study 1 compared a multicultural priming condition to a control condition and found that the multiculturalism prime significantly reduced desire to socially distance from Mainland Chinese. Study 2 compared multiculturalism, assimilation, or control primes’ effects, and found that the multiculturalism prime, through increased positive emotions, indirectly reduced social distancing from Mainland Chinese and disgust toward culture mixing, and increased Chinese ethnic identity and multicultural identity styles; the assimilation prime had the opposite indirect effects through increasing negative emotions. Results show new evidence of the importance of emotion in how non-immigrant regional groups, who are both minority and majority culture members, react to different diversity models. Multicultural frames increased positive emotions, with downstream positive effects on both intergroup attitudes and integrated identities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulticulturalism, culture mixing, and prejudice: effects of priming Chinese diversity models among Hong Kong university students
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2021
Event26th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology -
Duration: 12 Jul 202216 Jul 2022
https://www.iaccp2022.com/

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Psychology

Congress

Congress26th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Period12/07/2216/07/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • assimilation
  • cultural identity
  • culture mixing
  • multiculturalism
  • social distance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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