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

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dc.contributor.authorBirks, Ying
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-26T10:00:13Z
dc.date.available2012-07-26T10:00:13Z
dc.date.created2012
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/23112
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5900
dc.description.abstractIn 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.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectOther
dc.subjectOthering
dc.subjectOtherness
dc.subjectChinese Occidentalism
dc.subjectWesterners
dc.subjectordinary Chinese people
dc.subjectintercultural contact
dc.subjectqualitative interviewing
dc.titleEncounters with Westerners: Understanding the Chinese Construction of the Western Other
dc.typeThesis
dc.faculty.departmentCommunication
dc.contributor.supervisorJaya, Peruvemba
dc.embargo.termsimmediate
dc.degree.nameMA
dc.degree.levelmasters
dc.degree.disciplineArts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineArts
uottawa.departmentCommunication
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