Department of Sociology
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.
Student migration, polymedia, communication media, mainland Chinese students, Hong Kong
Source Publication Title
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Taylor & Francis
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.
This work was supported by the Hong Kong Baptist University under a Faculty Research Grant [FRG1/13-14/045].
Link to Publisher's Edition
Peng, Y. (2016). Student migration and polymedia: Mainland Chinese students’ communication media use in Hong Kong. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42 (14), 2395-2412. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1194743