How university students of Mandarin Chinese experience ‘Chinese culture’: an interculturality and small cultures perspective

Jin, Tinghe (2020) How university students of Mandarin Chinese experience ‘Chinese culture’: an interculturality and small cultures perspective. Language and Intercultural Communication, 20 (6). pp. 572-585. ISSN 1470-8477

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Abstract

This article draws on interview data to report how students of Mandarin in UK universities were exposed to and responded to ‘Chinese culture’ during their studies. The experiences that the students shared and the ways they responded demonstrated their understanding of cultural complexity, incorporating a fluid and dynamic view of culture as interculturality. Participants interviewed tended to move beyond talking about cultural differences. They showed their transnational sensitivity and awareness of cultural diversity, and some reflexivity. Key to understanding participants’ responses was their negotiation with discourses about ‘Chinese culture’, engagement with their personal life and their experience of sojourning abroad.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mandarin chinese,small cultures,interculturality,personal agency,reflexivity,social structures,communication,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3315
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2020 01:10
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2021 23:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77588
DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1825461

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