This study investigated if modernity and Confucian values were ingroups positively valued distinctiveness for Hong Kong adolescents with different social identities. Participants (236 Hong Kong adolescents) filled out a questionnaire which tapped social identity and intergroup perception. They also participated in a card-sorting activity in which they decided if any of 20 attributes (e.g., advanced, respecting collective will) could be used to characterize a specific ethnic–social group (e.g., mainland Chinese, Hongkongers, Americans). Multidimensional scaling performed on the card-sorting data resulted in a two-dimensional solution. Emphasis on Dimension 1 (modernity) correlated with positive perception of Hong Kong and Hong Kong people while emphasis on Dimension 2 (Confucian values) correlated with positive perception of China and Chinese. In addition, compared to adolescents who identified themselves as Chinese or Chinese-Hongkongers, those who identified themselves as Hongkongers or Hongkonger-Chinese placed more emphasis on modernity and less on Confucian values. The results were discussed with reference to Taj fels theory of social identity.
Social identity, intergroup perception, social categorization, modernity, Traditional Chinese Values, Confucian values, Hong Kong
Asian Studies | Multicultural Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts
International Journal of Intercultural Relations
LAM, Shui-Fong, LAU, Ivy Yee-Man, CHIU, Chi-Yue, HONG, Ying-Yi, & PENG, Si-Qing.(1999). Differential Emphases on Modernity and Confucian Values in Social Categorization: The Case of Hong Kong Adolescents in Political Transition. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 23(2), 237-256.
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