Fang-tan in research among Chinese communities in New Zealand and Australia: a cultural approach to engagement

Li, Wendy, and Forbes, Amy (2018) Fang-tan in research among Chinese communities in New Zealand and Australia: a cultural approach to engagement. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 15 (4). pp. 472-488.

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Abstract

This article proposes Fang-tan as a cultural approach to engagement in psychology research among Chinese communities in New Zealand and Australia. Fang-tan reflects the degree of "being-in-relation" throughout the research process. The article suggests that being-in-relation as a concept is a form of cultural engagement that enables the researcher easier and more culturally appropriate access to research participants. Fang-tan comprises two Chinese words, Fang and Tan. Fang refers to interviewing and asking questions, and Tan is concerned with dialogues and conversation. There are four features of Fang-tan: participant participation, the equality of status between the researcher and the participant, the insider relationship between the researcher and the participant, and the use of the Chinese language. This article illustrates how Fang-tan was conducted in three studies with the Chinese communities and offers the authors' insights into and reflections on conducting Fang-tan.

Item ID: 52408
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1478-0895
Keywords: being-in-relation; Chinese culture; community engagement; engagement; empowerment; Fang-tan
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 01:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 100%
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