ERIC Number: EJ959881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
"In-Between" Asia and Australia: On the Politics of Teaching English as the "Other"
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v33 n2 p167-178 2012
This article mobilizes story-telling to narrate my lived experience of teaching English as a minority academic in one Australian university. Positioning myself as living "in-between" two cultures and as an "Other", I tell my story of how I have been "racialized" and "Othered" because I do not look White, and my spoken English is distinctly accented; hence, my legitimacy of teaching English is held suspect. My story contributes to the theorizing of the sociology of the in-between with the argument that while living in-between culture can be a space of negativity, it can also be a space of empowerment if one exercises choice and agency by forging new spaces. I end my story-telling with a happy ending by presenting a contrasting story of how my run-away from Australia to (a new space in) Hong Kong to teach English has reaffirmed my cultural capital as I morph into a different "Other".
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Story Telling, Higher Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Minority Group Teachers, Self Concept, Cultural Capital, Racial Bias, Perspective Taking, Autobiographies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia; Hong Kong