Surviving and Thriving in the New Field: Keeping the Narrative Going

  • Lily Lei YeEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


This chapter presents the key findings which describe individuals’ struggles, challenges and coping strategies as they negotiate the meanings of the new field they have entered. It explores how Chinese doctoral students use various strategies to safeguard their sense of ontological security and maintain a coherent sense of self during study in the UK. Many previous studies focus on Chinese students’ unfamiliarity with cultural norms and difficulties with social interaction. The stories of students mentioned in this book, however, provide us with an alternative perspective. The findings demonstrate that the participants not only choose to create their desired life narrative, but are able to maintain this narrative during the course of study abroad, which demonstrates that Chinese doctoral students are by no means homogenous.


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  1. 1.Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijingChina

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