Our Space? Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Online Life

David Parker

in China Abroad

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206687 | DOI:
Our Space? Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Online Life

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This chapter explores some of the identity formations emerging through online interaction among second generation Chinese migrants. The discussion draws on a survey of Internet use among Chinese young people in Britain conducted through two of the best-known British Chinese websites in late 2006. The preliminary survey findings are discussed here, together with material from some of the thirty-five follow-up interviews conducted with British Chinese young people. The chapter addresses four issues: online discussion forums, an enhanced profile of China that prompts ambivalent responses, experiences of East Asia travel that stimulate new forms of identity self-fashioning incorporating Web 2.0 technologies such as interactive forums, weblogs, and video download sites. The chapter discusses the relationship between online and offline interaction, and the potential for long-standing social networks and institutions to emerge.

Keywords: online interaction; China; migrants; Internet; web sites; online discussion forums; East Asia; travel; Web 2.0; social networks

Chapter.  6789 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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