What is it about?

The complex interaction of culture, race, ethnicity, and national identity in the context of American-born Chinese heritage students studying abroad in China

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Why is it important?

Identity development is a tricky process for heritage learners of Chinese born and grow up in the US, especially when they cross the boarder and study abroad in their ancestral homeland. Knowing the social psychological complexity of this process will be helpful for these learners to succeed in their overseas sojourn.


This research provides a Chinese heritage perspective to language educators, students, and institutions to better prepare all students for study abroad in the ancestral homeland. Non-heritage students who are friends with heritage students also benefit from the perspective in building stronger group cohesion as a cohort during study abroad.

Prof. Zhuo Jing-Schmidt
University of Oregon

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This page is a summary of: Identity Development in the Ancestral Homeland: A Chinese Heritage Perspective, Modern Language Journal, October 2016, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/modl.12348.
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