Exploring AAPI identity online: Political ideology as a factor affecting identity work on Reddit

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Abstract

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are often perceived as a monolithic group, despite their distinct composition of ethnic cultures, political ideologies, and socioeconomic backgrounds. AAPIs increasingly engage in online forums to disclose their experiences and opinions, and in doing so, take part in lengthy discussions that shape the views of their community. We retrieved over 72,000 Reddit comments posted between January to July 2016 for a mixed-methods study of AAPI identity work, analyzing discursive patterns of user-deleted and banned comments. We found that while conservative AAPIs tend to comment anonymously more frequently, progressive AAPIs are less likely to ban comments that did not fit the behavior and norms of their community. AAPI redditors engage differently between conservative and progressive online communities through a process of what we conceptualize as identity work as deliberation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2017 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages2528-2535
Number of pages8
VolumePart F127655
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346566
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2017
Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: May 6 2017May 11 2017

Other

Other2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2017
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period5/6/175/11/17

Keywords

  • AAPI
  • Deliberation
  • Impression management
  • Online identity
  • Reddit
  • Social network sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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