Realizing “Cross-cultural Exchange”: A Dialogue between the USA and China

Ivy Wang

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:
Realizing “Cross-cultural Exchange”: A Dialogue between the USA and China

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This chapter shows how English teachers working in China in the past few years have sought to realize meaningful cultural exchange with the United States. In this new environment of blurred geographic boundaries and multifaceted individual identities, teaching culture need not take the form of top-down instruction. Rather, the interactive cross-cultural classroom can be a place in which students and teachers representing different backgrounds and affiliations challenge existing ideas and, together, build new ones. Adding to the complexities and caveats that must be taken into account when speaking of culture, the massive changes that have swept Chinese education in recent years have multiplied the range and diversity of experiences within the country. If culture were not homogeneous to begin with, globalization and migration have given even greater variation to the students and teachers who encounter one another in the cross-cultural classroom.

Keywords: English teachers; China; cultural exchange; cross-cultural classroom; education; globalization; United States

Chapter.  5445 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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