Space Making: Chinese Transnationalism on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands
Taylor & Francis
As the U.S.-Mexico border becomes more diverse and militantly guarded, interactions between various cultural groups grow more frequent and convoluted. This article describes the ways in which a group of Chinese transnationalists as recent arrivals (re)construct the meanings of El Paso in quotidian interactions. Recurrent themes on the ways in which participants constructed El Paso as an unauthentic American space are discussed. I argue that spatial identities are products of various forces and further reconceptualize the natural connections between place, people, and culture.
Cheng, H.-I. (2008). Space making: Chinese transnationalism on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 1(3), 244-263.