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Technology domestication in the Asian homestead : Comparing the experiences of middle class families in China and South Korea

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  • Technology domestication in the Asian homestead
  • Lim, Sun Sun
  • Duke University Press


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Title Technology domestication in the Asian homestead
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Comparing the experiences of middle class families in China and South Korea

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Lim, Sun Sun

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[Durham]:Duke University Press

Date 2008
Journal Title; Vol./Issue East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal:vol. 2(no. 2)
Pages 28
Subject Country China(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Holding National University of Singapore

Abstract

Using technology domestication theory as the analytical framework, this paper discusses the findings of ethnographic interviews with middle class families in China and South Korea, comparing how they incorporate information and communication technologies (ICTs) into their lives. It analyses how family priorities, cultural values and social pressures influence the ways in which ICT use is woven into their lives, in the process invigorating traditional forms and networks of communication like guanxi for the Chinese and Cheong for the Koreans. It also pays special attention to supervision of ICT use and considers how the societal valorisation of academic excellence influences parental strategies in this regard.