Life in Transition: Newcomer Boy Jia Ming

生活在变迁: 上海男孩嘉明
  • Shijing Xu
Part of the Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Chinese and Western Education book series (IRLCWE)


Jia Ming, a boy from Shanghai, China, arrived at the Newcomer Support Class of Bay Street Community School in his first year and moved on to an advanced English program for newcomer students in his second year in Canada. The generational narratives of Jia Ming’s family tell the differences between Chinese schools and Canadian schools in terms of parental involvement, the teacher’s role, homework, notions of learning and playing, and educational approaches and expectations. The differences, frustrating as some may seem to be, reveal aspects and necessities of mutual appreciation and reciprocal learning between Chinese parents and Canadian teachers, and between Chinese schools and Canadian schools.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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