Globalization and people's interest in foreign affairs: A comparative survey in Hong Kong and Taipei

Francis L.F. Lee, Zhou He, Chin Chuan Lee, Wanying Lin, Mike Z. Yao

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Globalization signifies the increasing interconnectedness among different parts of the world. But few studies have examined whether and how the processes of globalization relate to people's interests in foreign affairs. This study tackles the question at the individual level. It identifies transnational social connections, willingness to move abroad, foreign language abilities, and perceived impact of globalization as four factors representing people's connections with and orientations toward the processes of globalization. These four factors are hypothesized as correlates of people's interest in foreign affairs. Analysis of a comparative survey (N = 1117) conducted in Hong Kong and Taipei generally supports the hypotheses, but the results also show that social contexts may shape the strengths of the relationships among different factors. The analysis also explores the problematic of causality. The results suggest that some, but not all, aspects of individuals' connections with globalization can influence interest in foreign affairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-239
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Foreign language abilities
  • Globalization
  • Interest in foreign affairs
  • Perceived impact of globalization
  • Transnational social connections
  • Willingness to move abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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