The blog as a platform for spiritual heritaging and family reconciliation: a case study

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Abstract

This chapter features the case study of a Malaysian-Chinese blogger, Stark , who after migrating, blogged about her spiritual experiences back in Malaysia, including her conversion to Christianity and the subsequent estrangement from her parents. Through analysing this intersection of religion, the internet, and migration, the notion of authenticity in the practice of online religion can be explored. Online authenticity is difficult element to measure, and is made more complicated when applied to a subjective matter like spirituality. The case study will demonstrate that the act of blogging serves the purpose of heritaging, spiritual catharsis, and communication with her parents, and thus infer a genuine spiritual activity that contributes to her still-developing religious identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia
Subtitle of host publicationFaith, Flows and Fellowship
EditorsCatherine Gomes, Lily Kong, Orlando Woods
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Chapter2
Pages47-64
Number of pages18
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789048552108
ISBN (Print)9789463728935
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Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameMedia, Culture and Communication in Migrant Societies
PublisherAmsterdam University Press

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