The Lived Experiences of Canadian-Born and Foreign-Born Chinese Canadian Post-Secondary Students in Northern Ontario

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  • Fei Wang University of British Columbia, Canada

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i2.366

Keywords:

ethnic identity, cultural integration, acculturation, academic performance

Abstract

This phenomenological study provided an in-depth description of the internal meaning of the lived experiences of Canadian-born and foreign-born Chinese students in Canada and uncovered the differences in their social experiences. The study used semi-structured interviews to allow the participants to express their views on their lives in Northern Ontario, Canada. Four themes emerged: (a) perceptions of ethnic identity; (b) cultural integration; (c) perceptions of academic performance and (d) the effect of Canadian education on career options. The study revealed that Canadian-born Chinese students differed from their foreign-born counterparts in their viewpoints on ethnic identity; their perceptions concerning acculturation; and academic performance. They shared similarities in their views about Canadian and Chinese educational systems, teaching styles, and their career expectations.

Author Biography

Fei Wang, University of British Columbia, Canada

FEI WANG, PhD, is an assistant professor in educational administration and leadership at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests include educational administration and leadership, policy studies, equity and social justice, school diversity, international and comparative education. 

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Published

2016-04-01

How to Cite

Wang, F. (2016). The Lived Experiences of Canadian-Born and Foreign-Born Chinese Canadian Post-Secondary Students in Northern Ontario. Journal of International Students, 6(2), 451–477. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i2.366

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Research Articles