Liking it, not loving it: International students in Singapore and their navigation of everyday life in transience

Gomes, C 2016, 'Liking it, not loving it: International students in Singapore and their navigation of everyday life in transience' in C. Gomes (ed.) The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media, Anthem Press, London, United Kingdom, pp. 87-116.


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Title Liking it, not loving it: International students in Singapore and their navigation of everyday life in transience
Author(s) Gomes, C
Year 2016
Title of book The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media
Publisher Anthem Press
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Editor(s) C. Gomes
Start page 87
End page 116
Subjects Asian Cultural Studies
Media Studies
Summary This chapter looks at international students studying at Singaporean universities and their relationship with their host nation. While, on the one hand, Singapore is an attractive destination for international students because of scholarship opportunities, a high standard of living and job opportunities post- graduation, on the other hand, the city- state can be a challenging place to live, with many Singaporeans nursing deep anti foreign sentiments as expressed online. Here, this chapter points out that international students have a laissez-faire relationship with their host nation, expressing only a mild form of integration and demonstrating indifference to their host nation on social media and in their social relations. This emotional disconnect from Singapore takes place even though the Singapore government is uncompromisingly welcoming to international students, and despite the fact that most participants have studied in Singapore since their early teens and a majority intend to take up permanent residence.
Copyright notice © 2016 Catherine Gomes editorial matter and selection; individual chapters © individual contributors
Keyword(s) Singapore
international students
anti-foreign sentiment
social media
social relations
ISBN 9781783085927
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