Encounters with Westerners: Understanding the Chinese Construction of the Western Other

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Title: Encounters with Westerners: Understanding the Chinese Construction of the Western Other
Authors: Birks, Ying
Date: 2012
Abstract: In this study we seek to understand how ordinary Chinese people perceive Westerners as the Other through examining their intercultural experiences. In contrast to the numerous studies of social elites’ Occidentalism, this study shifts the attention to ordinary people’s perceptions in a fast changing Chinese society. From an interpretive perspective, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 16 participants living in a coastal city in Mainland China. The key findings suggest that the Chinese public has its own way of perceiving and presenting the Western Other. Also, this Other, being defined in an on-going process of intercultural interaction, connotes a wider meaning – a unity of opposition and complementarity, exclusion and inclusion. Thus this study has deepened our understanding of the Chinese construction of the Western Other. The findings can be used in developing intercultural communication training programs to facilitate deeper contact and better dialogue between the Chinese and Westerners.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23112
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5900
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