Journal article

'Property talk' among Chinese Australians: WeChat and the production of diasporic space

Ge Zhang, Wilfred Yang Wang

MEDIA INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

This article examines the ways the Australian property market is addressed among Chinese migrants in Australia on and off WeChat, one of the most popular instant messenger apps installed on Smartphones. Specifically, we focus on how migrant media and real estate professionals’ narratives on real estate properties constitute and reproduce a transnational Chinese diasporic space between China and Australia. Although the latest wave of ‘property talk’ is relatively a new concept to the mainstream Australian societies due to the housing price boom since 2012, talking about land and property ownerships has always been integral part of Chinese diasporic culture. Yet, with the advent of digital med..

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