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Living in a Transnational Room: Transnational Online Communication by Unaccompanied Korean Adolescents in the United States


KIM Tae-Sik

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords unaccompanied Korean adolescents life experience transnational communication mediated interpersonal communication media consumption Internet use
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Description As part of a research project on unaccompanied Korean adolescents in the United States, this study investigated their transnational communication practices. The adolescents, who experienced limited personal relationships and strange sociocultural environments, spent a large amount of time in their private rooms alone. They used the Internet heavily during unorganized after-school hours, consuming media content across national borders and communicating with people in Korea. However, these were not completely new communication practices that they developed in the United States. Rather, they maintained ways of communication to which they had been accustomed in Korea. Their communication practices were neither dependent nor independent variables in relation to their unusual life experiences in a foreign country. Instead, their transnational communication had long been a part of the context of their daily lives in response to sociocultural environments in both Korea and the United states.
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