4 April 2012
Venue: HSB 901, 10 Symonds Street
Department of Sociology/Department of Asian Studies seminar by Professor Manying Ip.
This seminar shares findings on the unique online identity of being Chinese, a strong sense of cultural belonging nurtured by the Internet which has reframed the diasporic cultural world. By 2012, Chinese cyberspace is the world's largest, and arguably one of the most active. This networked space transcends time-zones and merges the geographically separated regions of the Chinese homeland and the distant diasporas into one. The project takes a fresh angle and examines how the Internet has transformed the migrants' relationship with homeland and host country. A significant sector of the new Chinese migrants are transnationals, their participation in New Zealand mainstream e-forum will also be examined as a supplementary dimension of their Internet behaviour.