In contemporary society, digital technology facilitates the compression of time and space that affords virtual movement across sociocultural borders, that cross culture communication tries to stride across too. The article tried to explore the opportunities and straits of the Internet as the platform of cross culture communication. The study interviewed 16 Myanmar Overseas Chinese students in Taiwan and observed their identity constructions and interpersonal communications on Facebook. We find that cyberspace provides a safe place where they could wander between host culture and home culture. Although their social networks were based on home culture, the characteristics of Internet communication, including online personality and cybercommunity are the effective tools and protections that sojourners could use to overcome culture shock.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Internet as the Platform of Cross Culture Communication: The Viewpoint from Disadvantaged Sojourners
|Number of pages
|Published - 2012