Being “Chinese” on Landscapes in Transition

  • Shijing Xu
Part of the Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Chinese and Western Education book series (IRLCWE)


Chapter 1 introduces the background, context, key questions, methodology, and participants of the study. The choice of an open-ended fluid inquiry methodology is explained along with the reason why only boys were selected as key participants. Canadian immigration trends are discussed to provide the background and context for the narrative inquiry into Chinese immigrant families’ cross-cultural school experience in Canada. The chapter explains why Chinese people’s search for home in Canada is the focal point of the narrative inquiry. It reveals that the core purpose of the book is to explore the cross-cultural issues in schooling between the East and the West to find ways to bridge cultural and educational values. Reciprocal learning between Chinese newcomer culture and Canadian culture is the goal.


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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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