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University of Massachusetts Amherst

2012

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Technologies Of Racial Formation: Asian-American Online Identities, Linh Dich Sep 2012

Technologies Of Racial Formation: Asian-American Online Identities, Linh Dich

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My dissertation is an ethnographic study of Asian-American users on the social network site, Xanga. Based on my analysis of online texts, responses to texts, and participants' discussions of their writing motivations, my research strongly suggests that examining digital writing through participants' complex and overlapping constructions of their community and public(s) can help the field reconsider digital writing as a site of Asian-American rhetoric and as a process of constructing and transforming racial identities and relations. In particular, I examine how community and public, as interconnected and shifting writing imaginaries on Xanga, afford Asian-American users on this site the ...