How university students of Mandarin Chinese experience ‘Chinese culture’: an interculturality and small cultures perspective

Tinghe Jin

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This article draws on interview data to report how students of Mandarin in UK universities were exposed to and responded to ‘Chinese culture’ during their studies. The experiences that the students shared and the ways they responded demonstrated their understanding of cultural complexity, incorporating a fluid and dynamic view of culture as interculturality. Participants interviewed tended to move beyond talking about cultural differences. They showed their transnational sensitivity and awareness of cultural diversity, and some reflexivity. Key to understanding participants’ responses was their negotiation with discourses about ‘Chinese culture’, engagement with their personal life and their experience of sojourning abroad.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-585
Number of pages14
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number6
Early online date16 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Small cultures
  • interculturality
  • personal agency
  • reflexivity
  • social structures

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