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Engagement and Reflexivity: Approaches to Chinese-Japanese Political Relations by Chinese Students in Japan

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Lai, Herby

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Abstract "Amidst political tensions between China and Japan, and against the backdrop of the patriotic education campaign in China that promotes a negative image of Japan as the victimiser, Chinese students in Japanese educational institutions study and work in Japan in a highly politicised context. In general, how they chose to interpret their experiences in Japan, and their views on history and controversial political issues involving China and Japan, demonstrates two levels of cosmopolitanism - namely, the ability and the willingness to engage with Japanese people on such issues, and reflexivity towards their own national identities. Meanwhile, some informants would deliberately avoid talking about history and controversial political issues involving China and Japan. While they lacked the willingness to engage with Japanese people on controversial issues, their keenness to separate their daily lives in Japan from the political context means they were also engaged in a reflexive reconfiguration of their national identities." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; Japan; Chinese; student; female student; foreign countries; studies (academic); political conflict; political attitude; intercultural communication; intercultural factors; cultural identity; cosmopolitanism; nationalism; political relations; academic exchange; Far East
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 183-212
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 44 (2015) 3
Issue topic Going Out: The Lives of Chinese Students Abroad
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs