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Reading China's "Other" through Learning Chinese:The Portrayal of Minorities in Chinese as a Second Language Textbooks

White, Chris M. (2006) Reading China's "Other" through Learning Chinese:The Portrayal of Minorities in Chinese as a Second Language Textbooks. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper looks at a group of thirteen Chinese language (CSL) textbooks for foreign students. It focuses on analyzing the representation of Chinese ethnic minority groups, revealing that when present in CSL texts, they present the foreign student with a picture of minorities that sing and dance, are rural, and have unique traditional customs and festivals. This paper also reviews much of the discourse regarding stereotypes and changes in ESL/EFL and other language textbooks and relates this to the case of minorities in CSL texts. It concludes that similar to the concern for political correctness in other language texts, the portrayal of minorities in CSL texts is also politically correct, but in a different sense. Currently, attitudes about minorities in China, unlike the compulsive assimilation policies of the Cultural Revolution, emphasizes minority characteristics and celebrates the diversity they add to China and this is seen in the presentation of minorities in CSL texts.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
White, Chris
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTang, Wenfangtang@pitt.eduTANG
Committee MemberConstable, Nicoleconstabl@pitt.eduCONSTABL
Committee MemberLiu, Xinminxinmin@pitt.eduXINMIN
Date: 27 June 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 10 April 2006
Approval Date: 27 June 2006
Submission Date: 25 April 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: CSL textbooks; minorities; stereotypes
Other ID:, etd-04252006-184313
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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