Mediatized Transient Migrants: Korean Visa-Status Migrants' Transnational Everyday Lives and Media Use examines the role of digital media in Korean visa-status migrants' everyday lives in terms of their senses of home, belonging, and identity. Based on personal interviews with 40 migrants living in Austin, Texas, Claire Shinhea Lee argues that the mundane use of homeland media brought by new media technology allows these migrants to make, connect to, and complicate home in their transnational space
Through the theoretical framework of mediatization and transnationalism, Lee shows similarities and differences among different U.S. visa categories-workers in specialty occupations (H1B, L1, OPT), academic students (F1), and their dependents (F2, L2, H4)-and analyzes not only multi-positionality within the transient migration but also the gendered structure of the visa system.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 170
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Claire Shinhea Lee's book offers a compelling examination of the mediatization of Korean transient migrants in Austin, Texas. In focusing on how temporary-visa status holders digitally make their everyday, emotional and transnational home and belongingness, Lee problematizes unilinear cultural assimilationist paradigms and binary understandings of mobility-stasis in migration. Contributing to emerging interdisciplinary scholarly debates on digital migration, the category of transience is proposed as an important innovative analytic lens to address how multiple positionalities including gender, class, nationality, visa-status, generation and age intersect and together co-shape identification and subordination of people on the move. This book is warmly recommended to media, communication, diaspora, migration, Korean, and journalism studies scholars and students looking to find rich ethnographic examples and theoretical tools to understand better how people negotiate living in our contemporary world which is increasingly shaped by both migration and mediatization.--Koen Leurs, Utrecht University
With strong empirical evidence and a sophisticated theoretical framework, Claire Shinhea Lee has produced a compelling framework for understanding migration and ethnic bonds in times of mobility and new media technologies. While theorists of globalization have for some time written about space-time compression, more studies are needed to understand the complex phenomenological effects of such phenomena. Mediatized Transient Migrants fulfills this crucial role and does it by convincingly showing the role media technologies play in the re-constitution of home, in the fragile yet essential production of ontological security, and in the complex, ambiguous, and, at times, ambivalent restructuring of the affective world of Korean diasporas in the United States. This book is essential reading to anyone interested in grounded work on globalization, immigration, ethnic studies, new media, and Asian and Asian American Studies.--Hector Amaya, University of Southern California, Annenberg