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Who am I? A Case Study of a Foreigner's Identity in China as Presented via WeChat Moments
Bei Ju1; Todd L. Sandel2
2018
Source PublicationChina Media Research
ISSN1556-889X
Volume14Issue:2Pages:62-74
Abstract

Conceptualized upon interrelated theories, social identity and cultural identity, this study explored the identities of a foreigner as she acculturated in China. Data were collected from WeChat, the most popular social networking site in China; 135 WeChat Moments posts of one foreign English teacher from America were analyzed as they displayed identity formation: personal interests and needs, occupation, family (life), Chinese themes and American themes. Posts were further analyzed in terms of personal identity and intercultural identity. While the participant continued to display an “American” identity, she also portrayed and described experiences of Chinese culture, evident in posts about Chinese traditions, contrasts between American and Chinese culture, and usage of Chinese characters. Overall, anxiety and stress were not strongly evident in the participant’s acculturation process, and most posts indicated active and ongoing adaptation to Chinese culture.

KeywordIntercultural Identity Personal Identity Wechat Moments Acculturation
Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorBei Ju; Todd L. Sandel
Affiliation1.University of Macau/United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society
2.University of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Bei Ju,Todd L. Sandel. Who am I? A Case Study of a Foreigner's Identity in China as Presented via WeChat Moments[J]. China Media Research,2018,14(2):62-74.
APA Bei Ju,&Todd L. Sandel.(2018).Who am I? A Case Study of a Foreigner's Identity in China as Presented via WeChat Moments.China Media Research,14(2),62-74.
MLA Bei Ju,et al."Who am I? A Case Study of a Foreigner's Identity in China as Presented via WeChat Moments".China Media Research 14.2(2018):62-74.
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