Research Study on 1.5 Generation Uyghurs in CanadaWritten by Nina Xu
This is a letter calling out for those who are interested in participating in a study on the 1.5 generation Uyghurs in Canada.
The research is being conducted by Nina Xu who is a Master's student at the University of Ottawa in International Development.
The study will be conducted from July 2017 to August 2017.
Potential participants will participate in a one-session interview lasting for up to 4 hours; they will be asked to answer interview questions posed by the principle investigator on their ethnicity/nationality, cultural/religious background, and their overall experience(s) associated to their identity.
Interviews will be conducted mainly in English.
Interview questions can be translated into Chinese or French upon request.
i. What is “1.5 generation”?
1.5 generation is an immigrant generation, or a generational cohort, that - unlike the first generation of immigrants - transitioned from being a child to being an adult in the receiving country rather than the country of birth.
ii. Objective of the study
The study seeks to (1) gauge the social significance of the 1.5 generationers, and (2) examine the fortitude of the Uyghur nationality in the face of Sinicization and Westernization. Participant selection will occur on a first-come first-serve basis; gender, sexuality, income and political affiliation will not be used as determining factors for this process.
iii. Objective of Interview
To collect information on formation of identity and belonging from personal experiences
To explore the nuances behind the decision to negotiate one’s religious belief(s) and cultural practices with the norms and values of the hegemonies.
iv. Criteria for Participation
Born in China and migrated to Canada between the ages of 6 to12
Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
Must be 18 years of age and older at the time of participation
Note: Potential participants will have to sign a Consent form consenting to their voluntary participation in the study, as well as voluntary release of personal information. The consent form also ensures that one’s identity will be concealed in transcripts and publications.
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