A Qualitative Study of Intercultural Friendship through New Social Media

Yanrong (Yvonne) Chang

Abstract

Applying Casmir’s Third Culture Model (TCM) of intercultural communication (Casmir 1993, 1999), the current study examines the ongoing interaction between two international participants mediated by one social medium: WeChat. It describes the dialogic communication patterns between the participants that enabled them collaboratively to construct a shared and mutually beneficial third culture that brought about a productive intercultural friendship. It demonstrates ways WeChat helped transform their interactions and facilitated their friendship development.

Keywords:
    new social media, WeChat, intercultural friendship, third culture, self-disclosure, dialogic communication

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Authors

Yanrong (Yvonne) Chang
yanrong.chang@utrgv.edu (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Yanrong (Yvonne) Chang, Dept. of Communication, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 1201 W. University Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539 USA

Yanrong (Yvonne) Chang, PhD (University of Iowa) is professor of communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the USA. She was the recipient of the 2003 dissertation award of the Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). Her research interests are culture and communication, language and social interaction, cultural identity, persuasion, and ethnography of communication. Her works have appeared in the Chinese Journal of Communication, China Media Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Intercultural Communication, Narrative Inquiry, Discourse & Society, Multicultural Discourses, and so on.

Chang, Y. (Yvonne). (2021). A Qualitative Study of Intercultural Friendship through New Social Media. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(1), 92–105. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v21i1.8

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