Imagining Homeland: New Media Use Among Korean International Graduate Students in the U.S.A.
The massive movement of people across national borders is a key feature of contemporary globalization, along with the compression of space and time wrought by technological developments in communication media and transport. This chapter suggests that international students and their media use are important subjects of study, given the burgeoning number of international students and given how their movement encapsulates the global circulation of economic as well as social and cultural capital. The temporary nature of international students’ residence abroad and their lack of permanent local social support render this particular group a significant difference compared to other (im)migrants. All of the participants mentioned that home-country media helped them to imagine their homeland concretely and to feel closer to it. The chapter discusses three aspects participants emphasized with regard to the relationship between home-country media and their sense of the homeland: the temporal, the spatial, and the culinary. Imagining homeland is Chater 11 of this book and is 19 Pages long.