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ERIC Number: EJ946889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Exploring the Reconstruction of Chinese Learners' National Identities in Their English-Language-Learning Journeys in Britain
Gao, Feng
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v10 n5 p287-305 2011
This article reports on an ethnographic case study that explored how Chinese learners' national identities were displayed and reconstructed through their English language-learning journeys in Britain. Drawing on a variety of sources (ethnographic observations, informal conversations, diaries, and narrative interviews), the analysis focuses on the Chinese learners' raising self-awareness of being Chinese and their attitudes towards Japanese students, South Korean students, and students from Taiwan. This study found that during their English language learning journeys in Britain, the Chinese learners tended to affirm and often displayed their membership with respect to China and Chinese national imagination, which contributed to heightened senses of Chinese national identity and increased patriotism. At the same time, the experience of interacting with Japanese students, South Korean students, and students from Taiwan encouraged the Chinese learners to question and critically reexamine their own attitudes and values related to their national identities. Then, the elements that made up an individual's Chinese national identity were brought under scrutiny and negotiation. Implications for classroom practices are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; United Kingdom