Life in Transition: Newcomer Boy Yang Yang

生活在变迁: 福建男孩洋洋的故事
  • Shijing Xu
Part of the Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Chinese and Western Education book series (IRLCWE)


Yang Yang, a newcomer boy from Fujian China, was located in the Newcomer Support Class due to his limited English. The glimpses of Yang Yang’s life in and out of school reveal many aspects of his life that appeared to be unseen, either by teachers in the school or by his parents at home. Like many Chinese newcomer students, Yang Yang sometimes seemed to enjoy, but more often struggled in, his unseen life as he traveled in between home and school and in between landscapes of schools in transition. Yang Yang’s story raises many issues on cross-cultural school education, family education, special education, and adolescent education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shijing Xu
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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