Humanities & Social Sciences

Rural-Urban Migration in China: The Impact of New Media

Recently, the English version of Professor Zheng Xin’s book, Rural-Urban Migration in China: The Impact of New Media, has been published. This book aims to document and analyze the multifaceted role that new media plays in the adaptation and integration of China’s new generation of migrant workers. The book sheds light on the challenges that migrant workers face as they move to urban areas and how new media is affecting their lives. It is an important contribution to the study of migration, media, and social changes in China.

By analyzing over 500 interviews and observations of more than 500 migrant workers aged 25 and below conducted between 2010 and 2015, the authors goal aims to comprehend how new media influence the experiences of this significant group of people at different stages of their lives. The study examines the daily lives of this demographic, exploring the intricate relationship between media and the reconstruction of their identity, adaptation to urban living, and social inclusion. The study reveals that new media plays a significant role in determining a migrant worker’s decision to move to a city and also shapes their outlook on life, sense of identity, lifestyle, personal relationships, and aspirations as they adjust to their new environment.

The findings presented in this book demonstrate the significant influence of new media on China's rapid urbanization and modernization. This book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of contemporary China studies, as well as those interested in the broader topic of China's urban development.

Translator: He Yao

Editors: Guo Ankang, Shao Yihang