Date of Award

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dan J. Tannacito, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Gloria Park, Ph.D.

Abstract

In this study, I explore five female mainland Chinese students‟ language acquisition experience during their educational journey before and after arriving in Hong Kong SAR. I conducted the research using feminist ethnographic methods, associated with autobiography, journals, and interview data collection. These methods provides data to locate how the participants‟ social interactions and related graduate academic experiences impact their identity as female mainland Chinese students and what changes occurred as they have progressed through their varieties of Communities of Practice. The participants communicate how they experienced the process of understanding, struggling, and reshaping their social identities through the language learning activities in Hong Kong SAR. Participants viewed their multiple aspects of identities including: immigrant students, language learners or language teachers, and scholars, which were added to their original identities. The participants mentioned they would not lose their old identity when they mediated in the new community in Hong Kong SAR.

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