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Chinese North Americans caught up in the Net

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Of those people of Chinese descent surveyed, 47% in the U.S. and 44% in Canada had been on the Internet within the past month. About six out of 10 households in both the U.S. and Canada had an Internet connection at home, and up to three-quarters of the U.S. Internet users (67% in Canada) log onto the Net daily. Online activities range from shopping to making travel plans.

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Almost six out of 10 Chinese-American Internet users (23% in Canada) have bought something online in the past year.

Purchased in past year U.S. Canada

Books 43% 38%

Computer products 20% 23%

Electronics 16% 15%

CDs/DVDs 15% -

Airline/hotel/car rental 10% 12%

Clothing 7% 12%

Gifts 3% 12%

Children's items 2% -

Vitamins/medicine 2% -

Cosmetics/beauty products 2% -

Telecom products 1% 8%

Cars/car products 1% 4%

Other 3% 4%


Two-thirds of Chinese-American Internet users (40% in Canada) have handled travel-related activity on the Internet. The Web sites they're using:

Web site U.S. Canada

Yahoo 25% 16%

Priceline 6% -

Travelocity 4% 2%

Individual airline sites 4% 4%

Expedia 3% 1%

Individual hotel sites 1% -

Other 8% 8%

Source: Sina.com/Interviewing Service of America. The survey was conducted in January via 1,005 telephone interviews among Chinese adults in the two countries; 700 of those respondents had accessed the Internet within the past month.

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