“I think it would be easier for Chinese ethnic minorities to find themselves as a minority if they go abroad” : Chinese Minzu individuals’ identity and the study abroad experience

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Sude , Yuan , M , Chen , N & Dervin , F 2020 , ' “I think it would be easier for Chinese ethnic minorities to find themselves as a minority if they go abroad” : Chinese Minzu individuals’ identity and the study abroad experience ' , International Journal of Educational Research , vol. 102 , 101584 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2020.101584

Title: “I think it would be easier for Chinese ethnic minorities to find themselves as a minority if they go abroad” : Chinese Minzu individuals’ identity and the study abroad experience
Author: Sude; Yuan, Mei; Chen, Ning; Dervin, Fred
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: International Journal of Educational Research
ISSN: 0883-0355
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2020.101584
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/345716
Abstract: This paper examines identity constructions of Chinese ethnic minority (Minzu) individuals after study abroad. International research on the ‘Chinese international student’ has often treated this figure as a generic and homogeneous one. Our paper calls for taking into account students’ many and varied Chinese ethnic identities in the description of the study abroad experience. Based on interviews with 13 members of different ethnic minorities from Minzu University of China, one of the most diverse universities in the world, who spent time abroad as part of their studies, we analyse the way they express and construct different aspects of their identity while reminiscing about their time abroad. The study is based on a poststructuralist approach to identity and interculturality abroad. A form of dialogical discourse analysis is used to examine the respondents’ identity. The results show that representatives of different ethnic groups report varied experiences of ‘doing’ identity abroad and upon return.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
Identity
Study abroad
Minzu
Interculturality
Mainland China
STUDENTS
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
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