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Virtual diasporas and the dilemma of multiple belongings in cyberspace

Leong, Susan (2009) Virtual diasporas and the dilemma of multiple belongings in cyberspace. In Baker, Janice, Fordham, Helem, Greiller, Jane, Houen, Christina, Kerr, Todd, & Reid, Anja (Eds.) Provoking Texts : New Postgraduate Research from the Edge. Curtin University of Technology.

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Abstract

One of the most celebrated qualities of the Internet is its enabling of simultaneity and multiplicity. By allowing users to open as many windows into the world as they (and their computers) can withstand, the Internet is understood to have brought places and cultures together on a scale and in a manner unprecedented. Yet, while the Internet has enabled many to reconnect with cultures and places long distanced and/or lost, it has also led to the belief that these reconnections are established with little correspondent cost to existent ties of belonging. In this paper, I focus on the dilemma multiple belongings engender for the ties of national belonging and question the sanguinity of multiple belongings as practised online. In particular, I use Lefebvre's notion of lived space to unpack the problems and contradictions of what has been called 'Greater China' for the ethnic Chinese minority in nations like Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

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ID Code: 34472
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Virtual diaspora, Greater China, overseas Chinese, new media, migrant populations, multiple belongings, Lefebvre, the lived, nation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Migrant Cultural Studies (200208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Susan Leong
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2010 11:35
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 12:32

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