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Culturing Interface

Cheng, Hsin-I

Culturing Interface

Identity, Communication, and Chinese Transnationalism

Series: Critical Intercultural Communication Studies - Volume 11

Year of Publication: 2008

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 224 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0235-6 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.450 kg, 0.992 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book investigates the experiences of a Chinese and Taiwanese community on the U.S.-Mexico border from a critical communication perspective. Based on ethnographic material from El Paso/Juárez, the book critically explores the processes of identity-crafting in accordance with the global geopolitical landscape. By examining the everyday communications within a group of transnational travelers and dwellers in between boundaries, the book illustrates how cultural practices and identities are strategically accomplished through communication.
In tracing the forces behind these transnational movements and understanding the multiple worlds of travelers and dwellers, Culturing Interface brings to light the previously unheard voices of the Chinese people on the U.S.-Mexico border.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Hsin-I Cheng is Assistant Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University in California. She received her Ph.D. in communication studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has contributed to the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Language and Intercultural Communication, and The Rhetoric of Western Thought.


«‘Culturing Interface’ is a highly readable account of the emergence of Chinese and Taiwanese transnational culture and communication at the contemporary United States/Mexico border. This book undoubtedly will be read by scholars of critical intercultural communication and transnational communication, ethnographers of communication, as well as by Asian Americanists. Hsin-I Cheng’s critical ethnographic approach humanizes the characters of her book, providing a snapshot of social pressures and cultural transformation in process, and breathes new life into studies of hybridized cultural experiences, politics, and identities.» (Kent A. Ono, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Critical Intercultural Communication Studies. Vol. 11
General Editor: Thomas K. Nakayama