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

Tingting Elle LI*, Bob MCKERCHER

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalTourism Management
Volume56
Early online date19 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

  • Chinese diaspora
  • Cultural identity
  • Diasporic travel
  • Migration
  • Place attachment

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