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    Title: The Effects of Internet upon Chinese Immigrants' Attributional Confidence
    Authors: 黃葳威
    Huang, Wei-Wei
    Contributors: 廣電系
    Date: 2009-03
    Issue Date: 2015-03-25 16:43:11 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: America is a nation of immigrants. More and more immigrants have entered America and begun a complex process of interaction with the dominant society and culture. The immigrant experience is a dynamic process that unfolds over several generations and is a major key to understanding the nature of modem American society and culture. It is important for both the immigrants and host people to understand the process of adaptation. ; With the higher birth rate and immigration of ethnic groups, as well as increasing economic and political participation of the “minority" has provided a forum for immigrants to express their opinions and struggle for their rights. More than 50% of the new immigrants are from Asia (htto://chinesecensus.comL content.asp-category_id=5699.htm, 2003). The status of ethnic and “minority" group in America is changing. Compared with earlier immigrants, contemporary immigrants or the offspring of earlier immigrants usually have different adaptive experience. ; When immigrants feel insecure about their old environment, they may use several ways to overcome that insecurity. Migrating to a new environment that seems full of hope and security is one option, and one of the main motivation for immigration. However, after entering a new environment, it is possible and reasonable for immigrants to feel insecure in the process of adaptation to American mainstream. In other words, the degree of certainty or confidence is related to that of adaptation. ; Research on attributional confidence theory, one approach to the study of certainty in interpersonal communication, has paid little attention to the roles of mass media and intemet in the process. Further, this literature has rarely explored the relationship between adaptation and at ibutional confidence. ; In adaptation studies, the literature has examined both mass media and interpersonal communication, however, is usually conceptualized in terms of frequency of contact and number of friends. It lacks attention to such things as the strategies individuals use to interact with each other and to reduce their uncertainty in unfamiliar settings. For instance, the interaction between immigrants and the host people should be different from that between immigrants and their countryman in the initial stages of adaptation. These interactions should be better explicated and might be regarded as one of the indexes of adaptation. ; Therefore, this study will investigate the effects of the use of uncertainty reduction (passive, active, and interactive) strategies upon at attributional confidence and adaptation as well as the role of internet in uncertainty reduction strategies. ; This study, used indepth interview with 60 Chinese immigrants from China and Hong Kong, will explore the following directions: (1) what attributional confidence means with regard to Chinese immigrants' adaptive experiences; (2) what affects with attitudes or behaviors toward adaptation; and (3) what is most helpful for them in adapting to Amerian society. ; Answers to these research questions may help to refine and extend attributional confidence theory. The results should also shed new light on certain aspects of the conceptual approaches to interpersonal and mass media communication. Most importantly, however, is what this work might contribute to the improvement of the Chinese immigrants' cultural, political, and communication environment in America.
    Relation: Taoyuan Journal of Applied English,2(.)2, pp.102-126
    Data Type: article
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