Lecture: "Cross-Space Consumption and Social Status Consumption: Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Chinese Immigrants in the United States" Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:10 – 1:30pm
Lecture: "Cross-Space Consumption and Social Status Consumption: Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Chinese Immigrants in the United States"
Campus Location:Memorial Union
Room:De Carli Room (2nd Floor)
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Cost:Free
Contact Email:slivory@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-3046
Event Type:Forums, Discussions and Information Sessions, Free Events, Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at UCLA
Sponsored by:East Asian Studies Program

Min Zhou
Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies
UCLA

Dr. Min Zhou's presentation looks at a unique form of immigrant transnational practice: cross-space consumption. We consider the act of consumption to have not only functional value that satisfies material needs, but also social value that confers symbolic meaning and social status. We argue that cross-space consumption enables international migrants of low socioeconomic backgrounds to take advantage of the differences in currency exchange rates, levels of economic development, and local social structures between home and host countries to achieve social status or social status compensation.

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