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The identity crisis of Chinese graduates in France

Li Yong

Abstract

This paper focuses on the mutation of personal identity in the migration process in order to understand the international mobility experience of today’s Chinese students. Considering the myth of self-starters and the ideals of success that are at the origin of the mobility project of young Chinese, the new social conditions that they face in the new country to which they migrate to, in this case, France, often render their project ineffective, causing an identity crisis. This chapter analyzes the causes, the forms of expression and their attempts at resolving the identity crises through a study on the biographies of Chinese graduates working in France after their university training.

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