Country-Specific Websites and
Cultural Identity Formation
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The study intends to focus on the experiences
of the second generation and younger members of
the indigenous Fijian community in Brisbane.
This study aims at providing preliminary information
on the ways in which young indigenous Fijians
born in Brisbane construct their cultural identity
and the extent to which ICTs, and especially country-specific
websites, contribute to this process.
The study intends to examine the following key
- What is the significance for the younger members
of the indigenous Fijian migrant community in
Brisbane of their identification with their
island home (Fiji) community, and how is this
identity, the sense of "indigenous Fijianess,"
constructed or redefined?
- To what extent do the ICTs and especially
country-specific websites contribute to this
process of identity formation?
- Do such ICTs and websites play any distinctive
role, in comparison with other major influencing
factors such as personal contact with members
of the home (Fiji) community and the conventional
- What are the possibilities of other meaningful
usage that ICTs offer to the migrant communities
in their quest to sustain and redefine their
link with the home (Fiji) community?