An ethnography of Taiwanese international students’ identity movements: habitus modification and improvisation

Hsieh, Jasper Kun-Ting (2020) An ethnography of Taiwanese international students’ identity movements: habitus modification and improvisation. Journal of International Students, 10 (4). pp. 836-852.

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Many studies focus on Chinese-speaking international students’ (CHISs) adaptation issues inside and outside educational settings in the West. A strong emphasis has been placed on identifying CHISs’ problems and solving them through educational programs, pedagogies and curricula. This emphasis potentially categorizes CHISs as a cohort of students that, in particular, have issues learning and living in Western societies, ignoring that identity is complex and context-dependent. Drawing on a Bourdieuian post-structuralist perspective, this 18-month-long study documented the experiences of nine Taiwanese international students at different Australian universities before, during and after their one-year postgraduate education in Australia. This study compared their experiences and highlighted the complexity of identity movements. The findings present habitus modification and habitus improvisation, two notions developed from a Bourdieuian perspective. In conclusion, this study encourages reassessment of the standard notions of adaptation and prompts further exploration of how international students use their overseas experiences in the home context.

Item ID: 63217
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2166-3750
Copyright Information: Copyright (c) 2020 Journal of International Students. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 04:53
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