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Elaine Yee Lin Ho and Julia Kuehn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099456

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.001.0001

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Our Space? Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Online Life

Our Space? Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Online Life

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(p.225) 13 Our Space? Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Online Life
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China Abroad
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David Parker

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.003.0013

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

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