Chinese International Students’ Experiences in a Canadian University

Ethnographic Inquiry with Gender Comparison


  • Lin Ge University of Regina
  • Douglas Brown University of Regina
  • Douglas Durst University of Regina



Chinese international students, ethnographic inquiry, lived experiences


The study employed ethnographic inquiry to present the lived experiences of Chinese international students while attending the University of Regina, Canada. The findings displayed the transformative experiences of this group, including language acquisition, academic and social challenges, and the strategies by which the cultural group attempted to overcome the challenges with gender comparison. The study highlighted specific challenges affecting Chinese female students as they labor to overcome sexism and patriarchy on two continents. Cultural stereotyping and negative labeling were also evaluated in detail. Arguably, the findings might potentially impact education/social policies and university protocols as impinging vulnerable groups. Recommendations were made to alleviating difficulties for the group in facilitating a more supportive learning process within the university environment.

Author Biographies

Lin Ge, University of Regina

LIN GE, is a current PhD student in education at the University of Regina, Canada. Her major research interests lie in the area of marginalized groups’ education research, higher education research, trans-cultural education research, and social and philosophical foundation of education research.

Douglas Brown, University of Regina

DOUGLAS BROWN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Social Studies Education, University of Regina, Canada. His major research interests lie in the area of policy and the critical agenda, and social and philosophical foundation of education research.

Douglas Durst, University of Regina

DOUGLAS DURST, PhD, is a Professor in the Social Work, University of Regina, Canada. His major research interests focus on First Nations self-government and social integration of marginalized Canadians.


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How to Cite

Ge, L., Brown, D., & Durst, D. (2019). Chinese International Students’ Experiences in a Canadian University: Ethnographic Inquiry with Gender Comparison. Journal of International Students, 9(2), 582–612.



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