Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Title

Communication experiences and adaptation of mainland Chinese in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Chinese in mainland China

Language

English

Abstract

In-depth interviews were conducted for 203 Hong Kong Chinese in Mainland China (HIM) and 198 Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong (MIH), followed by two-level theme analyses, to examine their communication experiences and adaptation. The two groups were found to be dissimilar in terms of socioeconomic status, purpose of migration, and process of adaptation. Many HIM tended to evaluate the new environment from a “new workplace” view, mentioning adjustment and communication at workplace. Most MIH, on the other hand, used a “new home” approach, expecting a happy life with good income. The major challenge for most HIM was getting used to a less developed physical environment and an organizational culture with lower efficiency and work ethics. For most MIH, the main source of hardship came from insufficient protection for workers’ rights and interests. Hong Kong is more urbanized with superficial relationships while the Mainland society is more communal, nurturing long-term relationships.

Publication Date

7-1-2009

Source Publication Title

Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

Volume

38

Issue

2

Start Page

115

End Page

132

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/17475751003787429

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17475751003787429

ISSN (print)

17475759

ISSN (electronic)

17475767

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