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.
|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|
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