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China AbroadTravels, Subjects, Spaces$
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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

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

David Parker

Hong Kong University Press

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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