Duì Zhào Jì: An exploratory discussion of Chineseness in higher education

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Abstract

This paper explores the changes in the higher education systems of Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China in terms of their ‘Chineseness’ as a potentially unifying regional identity that can be counterposed to Westernisation. The recent and polyvalent theme of ‘Greater China’ is invoked in this paper to describe and interpret the institutional frameworks, within which higher education is developing in this imaginary region, as well as to establish possible discursive linkages in the continuing transformation and strategic reorientation of higher education and its role in the recent economic, political and socio-cultural developments. In this regard, the interrelated discourses of Chineseness and Greater China have the following functions: they imply regionalism; they enable a break with their imperial and colonial past; and they provide the basis for different kinds of hybridisation between Chinese and Western intellectual, educational and cultural traditions and values.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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China
sociocultural development
education
regional identity
regionalism
education system
Hong Kong
Taiwan
discourse
economics
Values

Citation

Lo, W. Y. W. (2016, April). Duì Zhào Jì: An exploratory discussion of Chineseness in higher education. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK) Annual Conference 2016: Learning to Live Together & Comparative Education, and Third Across-Strait Four Region Forum on Comparative Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China.