Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You and Your Team.

Learn More →

Digital Technology, Physical Space, and the Notion of Belonging among Chinese Migrants in Japan

Digital Technology, Physical Space, and the Notion of Belonging among Chinese Migrants in Japan AbstractThis paper illustrates how, among Chinese migrants in Japan, the notion of belonging is constructed and modified by their use of digital technology, by presenting digital technologies as a continuum of physical and digitized life experiences.Drawing on interviews with 55 Chinese migrants in Japan, this paper argues that Chinese migrants are increasingly engaged in digital spaces that combine the online and offline and permit their presence at a transnational scale, through a collectively imagined ‘Chinese’ identity. However, because of the influence of physical spaces on Chinese migrants’ transnational, diasporic experiences, this transnational engagement does not lead to the construction of a transnational or a relatively static nation-state sense of belonging. Instead, for Chinese migrants in Japan, the notion of belonging can be based on the situation and context, and it can switch between the home and host countries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asiascape: Digital Asia Brill

Digital Technology, Physical Space, and the Notion of Belonging among Chinese Migrants in Japan

Asiascape: Digital Asia , Volume 7 (3): 23 – Nov 16, 2020

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/digital-technology-physical-space-and-the-notion-of-belonging-among-DWmdzUqO2z
Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
2214-2304
eISSN
2214-2312
DOI
10.1163/22142312-12340126
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

AbstractThis paper illustrates how, among Chinese migrants in Japan, the notion of belonging is constructed and modified by their use of digital technology, by presenting digital technologies as a continuum of physical and digitized life experiences.Drawing on interviews with 55 Chinese migrants in Japan, this paper argues that Chinese migrants are increasingly engaged in digital spaces that combine the online and offline and permit their presence at a transnational scale, through a collectively imagined ‘Chinese’ identity. However, because of the influence of physical spaces on Chinese migrants’ transnational, diasporic experiences, this transnational engagement does not lead to the construction of a transnational or a relatively static nation-state sense of belonging. Instead, for Chinese migrants in Japan, the notion of belonging can be based on the situation and context, and it can switch between the home and host countries.

Journal

Asiascape: Digital AsiaBrill

Published: Nov 16, 2020

There are no references for this article.