Engaging with the Existing Stories

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Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)

Abstract

I begin this chapter by examining key conceptual and theoretical frameworks related to culture, intercultural adaptation and the development of intercultural competences. I then discuss the lived-experience of Chinese doctoral students studying abroad. Much of the existing literature on Chinese international students is mainly explored through the lens of cultural knowledge and assumptions. Various critical voices, however, have been raised in relation to the essentialism which is often a feature in discussions of this group. Finally, I explore how the binary of East and West is challenged, and point out that this book aims to move away from the essentialism and “othering” of much earlier work by addressing the depths, nuances and complexities of mainland Chinese doctoral students’ intercultural experiences and identity formation.

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