Cultural nationalism and its effect on Chinese higher education: Continuity and variation

Cong Jason LIN, Yuting SHEN

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Abstract

Since 1840, Chinese political leaders have struggled to draw effectively from Western culture without abandoning the Chinese essence in their design of higher education. In this paper, we use cultural nationalism as the theoretical framework to examine how Chinese political leaders have responded to this challenge. Our analysis shows that cultural nationalism closely links to politics, and although the form taken by cultural nationalism has varied throughout Chinese history, it has significantly influenced Chinese higher education. In particular, we identify a strong cultural nationalism in today’s China, which has already influenced teaching and research in Chinese higher education. Finally, we discuss the implications and limitations of this paper, and call for critical reflections of cultural nationalism and its impact on Chinese higher education. Copyright © 2024 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Early online dateApr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2024

Citation

Lin, J. C., & Shen, Y. (2024). Cultural nationalism and its effect on Chinese higher education: Continuity and variation. Asia Pacific Education Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12564-024-09943-8

Keywords

  • Cultural nationalism
  • China
  • Higher education
  • Chinese culture
  • Western culture

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