The Individual and the Collective
A Comparison of Identity, Individualism, and Social Categorization in American and Chinese Students
This paper focuses on the created nature of identity and the ways in which this is dealt with in Chinese and American societies. After surveying Chinese and American college students the author finds that while students in both groups share an individualist view of their personal identity the Chinese students have a fundamentally different view of collectivist identity categories. This difference has serious implications for Chinese society’s minority members.