“Here you have to face the real China!” : International students’ experiences at a Chinese superdiverse university

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Yuan , M , Sude , B , Chen , N & Dervin , F 2021 , ' “Here you have to face the real China!” : International students’ experiences at a Chinese superdiverse university ' , International Journal of Educational Research , vol. 109 , 101807 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2021.101807

Title: “Here you have to face the real China!” : International students’ experiences at a Chinese superdiverse university
Author: Yuan, Mei; Sude, Bilige; Chen, Ning; Dervin, Fred
Contributor organization: Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Department of Education
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Faculty Common Matters
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: International Journal of Educational Research
ISSN: 0883-0355
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2021.101807
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334549
Abstract: Using the concept and approach of superdiversity, this paper complements current studies on the internationalization of higher education by focusing on the understudied case of an ethnic-group serving institution in China. 17 international students at this superdiverse institution, where members of the 56 Chinese 'ethnic' Minzu groups live and study together, were interviewed about their experiences in Chinese and English. Considering the originality and complexity of this specific Chinese context, the authors chose Dialogic Discourse Analysis to analyse the data. This complex analytical method allows to identify and problematise the ways superdiversity seems to have influenced (or not) the students' stay in China and their engagement with Minzu. Although superdiversity is reported as a pull factor for most students, their experiences of it and encounters with members of different Minzu groups, appear to be limited. However, the students' knowledge and awareness of this important aspect of Chinese society is compelling when the students discuss what they have learnt interculturally. They also seem to have modified many of their essentialist and culturalist representations of China. The article ends with recommendations for both scholars and Ethnic group-serving institutions in China and elsewhere, for rethinking intercultural experiences in study abroad.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
516 Educational sciences
Minzu
internationalization
China
stay abroad
Belt and Road Initiative
superdiversity
interculturality
HIGHER-EDUCATION
DIVERSITY
IDENTITY
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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