Asian Communication in Full Display: From Information Management, Language, Social Network, and Health communication

Sponsor: Korean American Communication Association
Sat, 11/10: 9:30 AM  - 10:45 AM 
Room: Alpine West (Second Level) 
Paper Session


Jieyoung Kong, Western Kentucky University  - Contact Me


Eunyoung Kim, Auburn University at Montgomery  - Contact Me


Chinese Communication Association
Korean American Communication Association


Overriding Overload: Effects of Motivated Information Management on Information Overload and News Consumption Behaviors

The research examined news seeking behaviors in relation to information overload and theory of motivated information management (TMIM). An online survey of Korean citizens (N = 1,166) was utilized for data collection. Data was analyzed using step-wise linear regression as well as developing and testing a path model. The results of these analyses showed that there are alternative factors, as proposed by TMIM, that can offset or mitigate the feelings of information overload and create a need for individuals to actively seek information, specifically news. Results also partially supported a theoretical model of information overload and identified intriguing mediating variables. Utility of TMIM for social network as well as interpersonal communication scholars was also noted in the results. This study found that time- and technology-related information overload, network size, network diversity, and political participation all had direct effects on active and passive news consumption. Time-related information overload and political participation were also found to mediate the relationships of both technology-related information overload and network size. The research contributes to the understanding of IO in three ways by a) considering alternative factors that may override IO as prescribed by TMIM, b) empirically testing a theoretical model (Jackson & Farzaneh, 2012) of IO, and c) extending TMIM from interpersonal communication to the context of individual responses to news information in social network. 


William T. Howe, University of Oklahoma  - Contact Me


Sun Kyong Lee, University of Oklahoma  - Contact Me
Kyun Soo Kim, Chonnam National University  - Contact Me

The More the Less? How Diversified Online Social Network Undermines Subjective Well-Being of Mature Adults

Social networking services (SNSs) enable users to build a diverse network with contacts of different backgrounds. When individuals publicly share their posts and interact on SNSs publicly (hereafter public activities), their chance of exposure to different opinions should elevate as their SNS network diversity increases. This study investigates whether the impact of public activities on users' subjective well-being (SWB) differs depending on the diversity of users' SNS network. An online survey was conducted among mature adult users of WeChat (50-80 years old) from 68 cities in China (N = 496). Results revealed that public activities via WeChat positively predicted SWB only when users' WeChat network exhibited low levels of educational diversity and generational diversity. Yet, no significant effect was found when participants' network was high in educational diversity and generational diversity. This study provides additional evidence supporting context collapse on SNSs, and extends the extant scholarship on SNSs and well-being. 


Jian Raymond Rui, South China University of Technology  - Contact Me


Xi Cui, Dixie State University  - Contact Me
Qian Xu, Elon University  - Contact Me
Nan Yu, North Dakota State University  - Contact Me

The Motivation of English Native Learners in Asian Language

The purpose of this study was to understand the motivations and needs for English native Learners studying Asian languages which are non-Romanized language such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, as their second language so that it can be much harder than Romanized language to English native speakers. Based on the question "what kind of things made interviewee to study Asian language?", five observations of Japanese and Chinese classes and 6 interviews with English native learners revealed the following motivations of learning Asian language: Concerns about their future, Eagerness of learning, Encountering Asian wave, and Interests of different cultures. In turn, the data shows all kind of motivations is included in each Asian language, but each Asian language learners has different degree of motivations separately. Results provide an exploratory look at the basic motivations that may have important implications for second language acquisition. 


Jeyun Park, Western Kentucky University  - Contact Me

Understanding Chinese Immigrants’ needs and experience of health information seeking and sharing on social media

An extended abstract is uploaded to the "Upload Paper" section. The present study is still in the process but will be finished within one month or two. This present study aims to investigate what and how Chinese immigrants in the US use social media to seek and share health information, thereby exploring the potential ability of social media utilization in meeting Chinese immigrants' health needs. This study will be instrumental in identifying the feasibility of future studies to systematically understand what and how Chinese immigrants in the US seek and share health-related information with each other and whether social media can be an alternative option to improve their well-being.The final sample is composed of 28 participants of Chinese ethnicity, age ranging from 20 years old to 50 years old, who either have a green card (18) or identified as the US citizen (10). A semi-structured interview guide with open-ended questions in both English and Chinese version was designed and used to encourage participants to speak freely about the topics. 


Erting Sa, State University of New York, Albany  - Contact Me


Ricky Leung, State University of New York, Albany  - Contact Me