Non-Chinese researchers conducting research in Chinese cultures: Critical reflections

Kokila Roy KATYAL, Mark Edward KING

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Abstract

This paper addresses some fundamental methodological and ethical issues confronting non-Chinese researchers undertaking research in Hong Kong Chinese society. Among other things, it considers problems pertaining to data collection, the challenges of data interpretation, and the implication that this has for research. Whilst the issues are by no means unique to Hong Kong, there are a number of matters related to outsider research that require special attention in the Hong Kong Chinese context, even when the researchers may be acquainted with both the context and the participants. Understanding the context of research, including the socio-cultural context of which the research participants are a part leads to an enhanced understanding of the issues at hand. This paper intends to serve as an overview that may guide future research in Hong Kong. Issues raised in this paper will need re-theorizing in order to provide a more realistic and comprehensive view of the need to re-examine the paradigms that guide research methodology in Confucian societies. Copyright © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-62
JournalInternational Journal of Research and Method in Education
Volume37
Issue number1
Early online dateApr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Citation

Katyal, K. R., & King, M. E. (2013). Non-Chinese researchers conducting research in Chinese cultures: Critical reflections. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 37(1), 44-62.

Keywords

  • Research methodology
  • Confucian heritage cultures
  • Outsider research
  • Sensitive research

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