A Danish Perspective on Teaching Chinese Students in Europe

Jane Vinther

in International Education and the Chinese Learner

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028450
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207059 | DOI:
A Danish Perspective on Teaching Chinese Students in Europe

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The issue of the reality of the existence of “the Chinese learner” necessarily leads to the contemplation of “otherness,” the issue of the large culture versus the small culture. When Chinese students come to Scandinavia, they come to be the small segment in a large segment, even when the Danish culture has all the characteristics of a small culture in a European and world perspective. Very little literature has been published in Scandinavia about modern-day Chinese culture, and the little that has been published has been investigated and contextualized with a business perspective in view. These attitudes and their co-existence with the prevailing expectations at the receiving universities need to be understood in the context of the educational environment, which makes it necessary to scrutinize the Scandinavian heritage in order to understand the mechanism at work in the learning and socialization processes.

Keywords: Chinese learner; Denmark; China; culture; education; Scandinavia; heritage; Europe; learning; socialization

Chapter.  7014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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