Digital Diaspora, Mobility, and Home

Authored by: Youna Kim

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415749428
eBook ISBN: 9781315643106
Adobe ISBN: 9781317285014


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One of the striking features in the transformational nature of diaspora today is the salience of a provisional and nomadic symptom (“willing to go anywhere for a while”), as evident among East Asian women on the move. Digital media and mediated networks have been instrumental in facilitating this change in contemporary mobility. Underlying the processes of circulatory migration flows, modes of social organization and transnational experiences help in the accelerated globalization of digital media and the Internet, as well as their time–space compressing capacity. Thus, it is not just the increasing, nomadic flows of people that are of significance here, but also the rise in multi-directional flows of digital media, information, and communication technologies that parallel people’s transnational mobility for creating new conditions of identity formation in digital diaspora.

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