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In Search of a Stressful Free Life: An Examination of Chinese Lifestyle Migration to Denmark

Ma, Yajie (2018) ACET35
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
This thesis explores the Chinese lifestyle migration practice in Jutland of Denmark as a contribution to expanding the categories of Chinese new migrants. The study analyzed ten in-depth interviews on the lifestyle migration practice with Chinese migrants in Denmark. The purpose of this study was to deepen the understanding of the motivations and experiences of Chinese migrants in seek of a better lifestyle in Jutland of Denmark. Previous literature on the lifestyle migrants and lifestyle migration are mainly within developed countries, without references to the dynamic migrating developing counties like China. Drawing on the Benson and O’Reilly’s lifestyle migration analysis, social imagination theory, and the concept of Chinese new... (More)
This thesis explores the Chinese lifestyle migration practice in Jutland of Denmark as a contribution to expanding the categories of Chinese new migrants. The study analyzed ten in-depth interviews on the lifestyle migration practice with Chinese migrants in Denmark. The purpose of this study was to deepen the understanding of the motivations and experiences of Chinese migrants in seek of a better lifestyle in Jutland of Denmark. Previous literature on the lifestyle migrants and lifestyle migration are mainly within developed countries, without references to the dynamic migrating developing counties like China. Drawing on the Benson and O’Reilly’s lifestyle migration analysis, social imagination theory, and the concept of Chinese new migrants, this study finds that Chinese lifestyle migrants in Denmark are motivated by unstressful lifestyle. Based on the findings, unstressful lifestyle is defined as unstressful study life for next generation, clean and green environment and foods, equality social values and inclusive social phenomena. Under social imagination influences, migrants translate migration motivations and decisions into practice in meaningful ways. By giving an unstressful growth for next generation is the priority for Chinese lifestyle migrants in the study as a way of improving life quality, which contributes to widening the conception of lifestyle migration. Besides, in the previous study, motivations to move to an unstressful environment are often referred to rural places. However, Chinese lifestyle migrants recognize urban Denmark where its demography density is small; this expands the categories of lifestyle migration destinations. As for the theoretical contribution, this paper argues that although social imagination can explain how the imaginings that inspire migration translated into practice, it cannot state the actual experiences and ambivalence. Since social imagination is constructed by previous experiences and narratives, it limits the application range. (Less)
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Ma, Yajie
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ACET35
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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lifestyle migration, Chinese new migrants, Denmark, decision process, social imagination
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English
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8958742
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  abstract     = {This thesis explores the Chinese lifestyle migration practice in Jutland of Denmark as a contribution to expanding the categories of Chinese new migrants. The study analyzed ten in-depth interviews on the lifestyle migration practice with Chinese migrants in Denmark. The purpose of this study was to deepen the understanding of the motivations and experiences of Chinese migrants in seek of a better lifestyle in Jutland of Denmark. Previous literature on the lifestyle migrants and lifestyle migration are mainly within developed countries, without references to the dynamic migrating developing counties like China. Drawing on the Benson and O’Reilly’s lifestyle migration analysis, social imagination theory, and the concept of Chinese new migrants, this study finds that Chinese lifestyle migrants in Denmark are motivated by unstressful lifestyle. Based on the findings, unstressful lifestyle is defined as unstressful study life for next generation, clean and green environment and foods, equality social values and inclusive social phenomena. Under social imagination influences, migrants translate migration motivations and decisions into practice in meaningful ways. By giving an unstressful growth for next generation is the priority for Chinese lifestyle migrants in the study as a way of improving life quality, which contributes to widening the conception of lifestyle migration. Besides, in the previous study, motivations to move to an unstressful environment are often referred to rural places. However, Chinese lifestyle migrants recognize urban Denmark where its demography density is small; this expands the categories of lifestyle migration destinations. As for the theoretical contribution, this paper argues that although social imagination can explain how the imaginings that inspire migration translated into practice, it cannot state the actual experiences and ambivalence. Since social imagination is constructed by previous experiences and narratives, it limits the application range.},
  author       = {Ma, Yajie},
  keyword      = {lifestyle migration,Chinese new migrants,Denmark,decision process,social imagination},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {In Search of a Stressful Free Life: An Examination of Chinese Lifestyle Migration to Denmark},
  year         = {2018},
}