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Decolonization As an Embodied Practice: Reflections of a City Sightseeing Tour for Chinese New Immigrant Students in Toronto

  • Zhu Y
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Abstract

Scholarship on language learning and tourism largely focuses on how language and identity have been transformed and commodified in local, national and supra-national practices (e. g. Heller, 2003), and how local people interact with tourist authentic images (e. g. Macdonald, 1997). However, previous studies do not pay sufficient attention to the complex interaction between visitors'/learners' embodied practice and identity construction, the local people's activities and the places, and the impact of nationalism, colonialism and globalization. This paper adopts ``decolonization{''} as a ``bottom-up{''} framework to evaluate how Chinese new comers in Canada, carriers of foreign culture and body, respond to these authentic local tourist sites in Toronto. Through the exploration of a city sightseeing tour, I argue that these Chinese new immigrants' identities are not only constructed by their minds, but also shaped by their embodied experiences among body, mind and the local places. I also argue that ``decolonization{''} should not be merely understood as a method for deconstructing colonizer/colonized relation, but also be utilized as a framework for learners to decolonize the control from their minds as well as re-understand themselves, their bodies, senses and feelings, and their interactions with different local places.

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Zhu, Y. (2011). Decolonization As an Embodied Practice: Reflections of a City Sightseeing Tour for Chinese New Immigrant Students in Toronto. 2011 4Th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Iceri), (November), 1511–1517.

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