Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sociology

Language

English

Abstract

Drawing on qualitative data obtained from mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong, this research uses polymedia theory to analyse the social implications of media use and interpersonal communication by migrant students. It looks at how migrant students use media to communicate with family members and friends in mainland China compared with Hong Kong locals. When communicating with family and friends, their media usage is intense, close and emotion-oriented, forming a warm and supportive virtual network that provides familiarity, a sense of belonging and emotional attachment. In contrast, their media usage to communicate with Hong Kong locals is limited, functional and study-oriented, and although it becomes a platform for practical help, it also demonstrates deep contradictions and conflicts with members of the host society.

Keywords

Student migration, polymedia, communication media, mainland Chinese students, Hong Kong

Publication Date

11-2016

Source Publication Title

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Volume

42

Issue

14

Start Page

2395

End Page

2412

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies in November 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1194743.

Funder

This work was supported by the Hong Kong Baptist University under a Faculty Research Grant [FRG1/13-14/045].

DOI

10.1080/1369183X.2016.1194743

ISSN (print)

1369183X

ISSN (electronic)

14699451

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