Developing a typology of diaspora tourists: Return travel by Chinese immigrants in North America

Li, Tingting Elle ORCID: and McKercher, Bob (2016) Developing a typology of diaspora tourists: Return travel by Chinese immigrants in North America. Tourism Management, 56. pp. 106-113. ISSN 0261-5177

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This paper examines the role played by tourism in affecting cultural identity and place attachment among members of the North American Chinese diaspora who travel to China. Previous literature portrays diaspora tourists as homogeneous and suggests that home return travel engenders broadly similar impacts on the individual. This study reveals diasporic communities are quite diverse and complex. Five types of diaspora tourist are identified, each having distinct travel motives, experiences, migration backgrounds, cultural identities and place attachments. The consequences of diaspora tourism particularly in terms of place attachment and cultural identity are further discussed, as home return travel induces positive, neutral and negative reactions.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.04.001
Keywords: Diasporic travel, Place attachment, Cultural identity, Migration, Chinese diaspora
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism
Depositing User: Elle Li
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 13:00
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:03


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