ERIC Number: EJ789562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Teaching Chinese National Identity to Elementary Students in Hong Kong
Lo, Joe Tin-Yau; Merryfield, Merry M.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v20 n4 p22-25 Mar-Apr 2008
Developing national identity is a goal of schools around the world. Historically this goal has been especially important for nations coming out of colonization as new governments seek to unify their nations and promote national identities. From 1842 to 1997, Hong Kong was a British colony whose excellent harbor made it a linchpin of British economic interests within Asia. When the British lease expired and Hong Kong returned to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1997, its schools faced a new goal: fostering students identity as citizens of China. How have Hong Kong schools, with over a hundred years of British curricula, made efforts to teach students to understand China and identify as Chinese citizens? Relying upon lessons developed by Hong Kong teachers to meet such goals, this article provides insights into teaching about China and Chinese identity from the perspectives of elementary teachers and students in Hong Kong.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nationalism, Asian History, Asian Culture, Civics, Social Studies, Grade 6, Grade 5, Group Unity, Elementary Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong