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Transnational communication practices by unaccompanied Korean young students in the United States


KIM Tae-Sik

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords unaccompanied student migrants transnational communication flexible citizenship neoliberal identity educational migration
Description Based on a study of unaccompanied Korean student migrants, this article investigates how transnational communication helped the students continue their transnational journey for educational success. Although suffering perennial loneliness, the students continued with their studies because they still believed acquiring education in the United States would be advantageous in securing their success. They became actively involved in transnational communication to cope with stresses and to gain emotional support. Transnational communication played an important role in mediating between their pursuit of education and desired cultural capital and the loneliness and isolation as migrants on their own.
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