This research reconceptualises the linkages between tourism and well-being by considering well-being as dynamic assemblages that exist dependent on performative impacts of place, age, time, and contextual events. Adopting a biographical approach, we examined life histories of 26 Chinese migrants, and explored how diasporic return shaped their subjective well-being over life-courses. Based on their own articulations of home return experiences, meanings, feelings, and life purposes, four patterns of how the effects of diaspora tourism change over life-courses were identified, depending on individual's early exposures to home place and culture, age of first and later return, change of life purposes and conceptions of well-being. The findings encourage further debates over temporal variability in possible linkages between tourism and subjective well-being.
Bibliographical noteThe authors are very grateful for the participants who were interested in this study and kindly shared their life stories. We also like to present our sincere gratitude to Professor Bob McKercher and Professor Tim Schwanen for their inspirations in early ideas of this work.
- Biographical approach
- Chinese migrants
- Diaspora tourism
- Subjective well-being