Tan, Q. (2022). Transnational Longings, National Belongings: The Digital Responses of the Malaysian Chinese to the 2019–2020 Hong Kong Protests. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2652
The transnational engagements of the Malaysian Chinese with Greater China have always posed difficulties to the understanding of the belonging(s) of the population. Through an examination of the responses of the Malaysian Chinese to the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests on Facebook, I argue that the psychosocial investment of the Malaysian Chinese in the affairs of Greater China, while resembling the practice of diasporas maintaining connections with their homelands, constitutes a local negotiation of the political desires and aspirations of the community’s lived reality in Malaysia as a minoritized and racially Othered population. Rather than the identification of Greater China as homeland, it is the community’s commitment to Malaysia as their site of belonging that forms the impetus for the Malaysian Chinese discourse of Hong Kong.