The Lived Experience and Sense of Place among Family Sponsored Late-age Chinese Immigrants in Edmonton

Authors: Qiqi Wang*, University of Alberta
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Immigration/Transnationalism, Cultural Geography
Keywords: place, sense of place, qualitative research
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Place is powerful in our life because to be human is to be emplaced. In the human geographic interpretation of place, a conceptualization of the emplacement of human experience has been underdeveloped for a long time. This dissertation contributes to this area of inquiry by adopting a phenomenological case study approach to examine family sponsored late-age Chinese immigrants’ lived experience and sense of place in Edmonton, Canada. The focus of this study is to explore the relationship between late-age immigrants and their places at different scales. This work presents how the research participants develop a relationship with place based on their subjective perceptions and experiences. Two case studies are presented in this dissertation. The first study explores how the research participants identify and create a place for themselves as residents of Edmonton, Canada. In particular, participants’ perceptions about Canada are examined as a developmental process in relation to their family power relations and self-efficacy. The second study compares and contrasts perceptions and experiences of place between two groups of research participants: those who live in urban neighbourhoods and those who live in suburban neighbourhoods. The similarities and differences of participants’ perceptions and experiences of places are reflected as a result of where they live in the city.

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