Imparting China: some reflections on five decades of Chinese language teaching in New Zealand

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Gong, Hong-Yu
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2013
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New Zealand
Chinese language teaching
universities
polytechnics
schools
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Gong, H. (2013). Imparting China: some reflections on five decades of Chinese language teaching in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy. Chengdu: Sichuan University Press(Ed.), (726-736).
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Since its introduction in the mid- 1960s , the teaching of the Chinese language in New Zealand has staked a claim at the table of arts and humanities by emphasizing , first , the importance and antiquity of Chinese civilization and then China's political and economic relevance. In spite of the increasingly close ties between the two countries, Chinese language teach­ing in New Zealand seems to be at odds with the direction of the country it­self. One glaring puzzle has been the ebb that followed the surge in Chinese language teaching and related initiatives in the mid to late 1990s.Why is this so? A historical survey of a half-century of Chinese language teaching .in New Zealand may help to explain the conundrum.
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Chengdu : Sichuan University Press
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