Rural Education in Guizhou:Challenges and Hope

By Brenda Li “I’ve heard about these people, but I never imagined that being a fact.” shockingly, I gasped. That was the type of shock that I never experienced, but was quite interested. On October first, I went from Beijing to Guizhou Province (southwest China), China to do research regarding rural education. Prior to this trip to Guizhou Province, I have been informed about the … Continue reading Rural Education in Guizhou:Challenges and Hope

Different Views of FGM Among Chinese Sympathizers of the Anti-FGM Movement

By Aoran Zhang “Every coin has two sides,” says Bu Fan, a student at the Vanderbilt University, when asked about her views on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). “Although FGM is immoral, it is a very important part of local culture that cannot be banned immediately.” After she went to Africa to study FGM in 2017, she set up a WeChat official account, ‘Discover Feminism’, and … Continue reading Different Views of FGM Among Chinese Sympathizers of the Anti-FGM Movement

Changes the “One Village, One Pre-School” Plan Brought to Education in Liangshan

By Huiyi Luo, Jiawen Lu, Jiaxin Hua, Xiru Wei, Ziwen Liu “Before 2016, many children never stepped into a classroom before 10 years old. Now, with governmental-funded preschools, everything has changed.” ——A preschool teacher in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China Located in southwestern China, Liangshan YiAutonomous Prefecture is majorly populated by ethnic Yi people. However, due to complex and superimposed reasons, Liangshan suffered from poor … Continue reading Changes the “One Village, One Pre-School” Plan Brought to Education in Liangshan

Burmese in China: The unseparated linkage across border

By Yihui Liu “Though belonging to different countries at the certification level, we (Chinese and Burmese) are family.” Said G, a local Chinese in Ruili.  Ruili is a border city in southwest China, bordering Myanmar on three sides. On the streets of Ruili, there are beautiful girls with yellow powder on the face, men in long skirts, and shop signs in Chinese and Burmese. Watching … Continue reading Burmese in China: The unseparated linkage across border

Utilitarianism in China’s English Learning: English as A Sheer Tool, Not A Language

By Zhuohan Chen Abstract Utilitarianism dominates China’s English education, with English (L2) being viewed as a sheer tool for gaining advantages. The dearth of lingual identity results in rising tedium towards L2 and limited L2 proficiency. Thus, the study explored two questions: 1) what utilitarian motivation do Chinese L2 learners have?; and 2) What factors bring utilitarianism? Through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews, the article qualitatively … Continue reading Utilitarianism in China’s English Learning: English as A Sheer Tool, Not A Language