Dizin Eklenmedi

Shaping a Stranger: City Culture and Its Effects on Taiwanese Sojourners in China

Received: 2015-05-05 Accepted: 2015-06-22 Published: 2015-07-30



Abstract: Current immigration literature tends to think that within an immigration context,  such as Taiwanese sojourners in China, shared language and cultural background contribute to assimilation into a local society to a greater extent. Other scholars focus on how political identity affects Taiwanese sojourners’ social adaptations in China. Few studies, however, have examined how city culture influences urban life and contributes to the sense of alienation Taiwanese sojourners in China experience. By comparing data collected from 35 in-depth interviews in Shanghai and Beijing, this article finds Taiwanese sojourners in Shanghai attribute their alienation to a sense of pervasive materialism and in Beijing to neighborhood arrangements. I further explore how city culture influences people’s urban experiences as well as their social relations.


Keywords: Beijing, China, City Culture, Shanghai, Stranger, Taiwanese Sojourner, Urban Experience

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