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Finding a Hybrid Husband

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Published on Jan 28, 2009

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Re... http://findingahybridhusband.wordpres...

I'm Jennifer Yip. This is the video companion to the Finding a Hybrid Husband website created for HIST 483: Asian Migration to the Americas at UBC. Featured in the Vancouver Sun on April 11, 2011!

The following is an explanation and analysis of my interview with Tony. For the full write up and photos, please visit the website above.

Why I Need to Find a Hybrid Husband

What you see is a persona and voice for the purposes of tying together and eliciting an analysis of a person after a single meeting. What happens when you encounter someone that doesn't fit into a set stereotype? When you see more and more people having a hybrid identity? How is all this messiness to be reconciled? So, I used the idea of "finding a husband" to explore the idea of a hybrid identity created by environment (place and family).

The world has changed so much due to migration. There's all sorts of different people that live in places where you wouldn't associate them with. Metro Vancouver (the Lower Mainland) is a place where 41.7% of its population is a visible minority (Stats Canada 2006 census). This place is an active agent in the creation of people's hybrid identities, because as a visible minority, you, me, or your next door neighbour must be from somewhere else. Even if most of those 1,222,665 people that make up the "Not a Visible Minority" group come from somewhere else too. Metro Vancouver, actually anywhere where people have migrated to that isn't considered their native place, is pretty much a funny place.

At the end of it all, identity is shaped by so many things. The environment in which you grow up is just one contributing part of an identity. How you want to present yourself to other people also greatly shapes your identity. However, as illustrated by Tony's case, place and family not only shaped his hybrid identity, it also informed him of his identity. To end, a question for you: How does growing up in a place where you're considered a perpetual immigrant shape your hybrid identity?

Oh, and before I forget: I'm not really looking for a husband or fiancé.

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