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Free Content Expatriate 2.0: New media for new expatriates

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In the aftermath of global financial crisis, a new generation of western expatriates from developed countries have chosen mainland China as their destination for temporary migration. Using case studies and in-depth interviews, this article explores how this group of transient migrants comes to define their identities as ‘new expatriates’ in China by creating their own media. From lifestyle magazines to podcasts, western expatriates are cultivating their own niche to support expatriate communities despite institutional barriers and marginalized status. This study provides insights into the motivations of creating expatriate media that connect media practices with the everyday life experiences of western expatriates in China.
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Keywords: contemporary China; expatriate; identities; imagined communities; media practices

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: 01 March 2017

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  • Transient migration due to the global movements of people for work, study and lifestyle is part of everyday life. This journal thus aims to provide a platform that explores and investigates the complexities of transient migration and to map the experiences of the growing number of transient migrants as they engage and interact with communities that are linked both to their home and host nations. This journal seeks to look at the ways in which transient migrants cope with transience and how transient migration affects individuals and communities in this transitional yet significant period. The scope of the journal will include but not be limited to themes of belonging, identity, networks, nation, culture, religion, race and ethnicity, gender and memory while incorporating the roles played by various platforms to facilitate these themes such as media, politics, policy, economy and the creative industries.
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