Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Voluntary exiles: Short-term Western expatriates in three Chinese cities
by Long, Krystal Elaine, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 72; 1472231
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis establishes that short-term Western expatriates in the cities of Beijing, Qingdao, and Suzhou, China form a unique transnational community.

Employing concepts developed in the literature on transnationalism and tourism, I demonstrate that short-term Western expatriate communities in china are an emergent form of transnational community. These communities coalesce around formations of exoticism and liminality, which both aid in the construction of a unique socio-cultural environment. Through participant observation, interviews, and surveys, I present a person-centered study of this transnational scene in china. This thesis will aid in the refinement of anthropological concepts of tourism and transnationalism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Robert Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Ethnic studies, Social structure
Publication Number: 1472231
ISBN: 978-1-109-47317-9
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