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What cultural identity do you have? Korean diasporic community and news consumption

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Hojeong Lee

Temple University, US
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Doctoral student 

School of Media and Communication 

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA USA 

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Digital diaspora, a new type of diaspora prompted by the expansion of communication technology, plays a central and integral role in providing immigrants with alternative spaces for changing the traditional sense of belonging. National consciousness becomes essential to formulating one’s cultural identity in globalization. It is, in particular, critical for people of diaspora because their place of living differs from that of origin. Drawing on an analysis of one of the largest online Korean diaspora communities in the United States (www. MissyUSA.com.), this research explores how digital diaspora members shape their cultural identity between their homeland and host country. This study illustrates how they respond to the news of two countries and intends to determine how their news consumption patterns reflect the diaspora members’ cultural identity. While diaspora members mainly consume Korean media and communicate in Korean, they sustain a more positive attitude toward the U.S. than Korea. This study demonstrates that digital diasporic members’ cultural identity cannot be fixed or inclined toward a specific country. Rather, it tends to vacillate between the two nations with which they identify and enhance a sense of belongingness within their diasporic community.  

How to Cite: Lee, H., (2017). What cultural identity do you have? Korean diasporic community and news consumption. JOMEC Journal. (11), pp.144–158. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2017.10141
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Published on 06 Jul 2017.
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