Defining transnationalism boundaries: New Zealand migrants in Australia
Strong connecting threads link the lives and cultures of Australians and New Zealanders through their shared history, expressed in such terms as ANZAC, 'Australasian', and 'Antipodean: their relative isolation from other Western cultures; and the ease of trans-Tasman travel. Nonetheless, many New Zealanders living in Australia, even though becoming 'Australianised', demonstrate an enduring allegiance to New Zealand. Concepts of national identity, transnational identity, and personal identity explain how people standing at the boundaries of their culture make sense of, and accommodate, new influences. Through analysis of data from interviews and surveys with New Zealanders living in Australia, this paper examines the construction of a new transnational identity that migrants compare with their previous national identity.
Australian Journal of Communication