Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk: Languages, Cultures and Intercultural Communication

Third Space lab (TSL) invites you to attend the third brown bag lunch research talk by Dr. Christopher Van Velzer (Global Education) on Beyond Global Rhetoric: What (and Where) is Global Learning in Praxis? at 1:30pm on Friday Dec.11, 2020 (China Standard Time)

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday Dec. 10 :
https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b71jEuv4Her8nxH

Location: CC 1095. Zoom link will be sent to remote participant. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the inspiring conversation! Light snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.

The TSL brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community who are interested in discussing and engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a published work or a work-in-progress, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication.

If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey with your availability and potential topics/work you’d be interested in discussing: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bj9cfFmbMBwF80Z. Students speakers are welcome but are encouraged to consult the TSL co-directors first. We will arrange in-person and hybrid sessions depending on the responses. Contact Thirdspacelab@dukekunshan.edu.cn or Dr. Zhang Xin (xz261@duke.edu) for inquires.

Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk on Languages, Cultures and Intercultural Communication #2

Third Space lab (TSL) invites you to attend the second brown bag lunch research talk by Dr. Chen Mengtian (Language and Culture Center) on Reflective teaching through online Chinese as a Second Language courses during Covid-19: Experiences of beginning teachers at universities in China at noon on Friday Nov. 20th, 2020 (China Standard Time)

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday Nov. 19:

https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8faFZ1rutg1BGh7

Location: CC 1095. Zoom link will be sent to remote participants. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the inspiring conversation! Light snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.

The TSL brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community who are interested in discussing and engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a work-in-progress or a recent publication, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication.

If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey with your availability and potential topics/work you’d be interested in discussing: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bj9cfFmbMBwF80Z.

Student speakers are welcome but are encouraged to consult the TSL co-directors first. We will arrange in-person and hybrid sessions depending on the responses. Contact Thirdspacelab@dukekunshan.edu.cn or Dr. Zhang Xin (xz261@duke.edu) for inquiries.

UG students presented Third Space Lab project at 2020 SRS poster session and HRC conference

By Fei Wu and Samantha Tsang

On September 20th, sophomore Fei Wu, junior Samantha Tsang and co-director of the Third Space Lab (TSL), Professor Xin Zhang presented their preliminary findings at the 2020 Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Conference. Their presentation was titled, “Negotiating Third Space Personae through Chinese as a Second Language (CSL): Foreign Professionals in Modern Chinese Workplace”  which focused on findings of the DKU Summer Research Scholar(SRS) program-funded research they had conducted remotely over summer 2020.

During the DKU family weekend on Nov. 7-8, 2020, Fei Wu presented the project at the poster session showcasing the 2020 SRS projects to families of DKU and visiting students.

Project Poster: Negotiating Third Space Personae

DKU sophomore Fei Wu presenting the project at the SRS poster session of the DKU family weekend.

Over the course of several weeks from June to August 2020, the team recruited five participants, conducted interviews via Zoom and analyzed interview data using NVivo 12 in an attempt to better understand the racialized identity aspect of Third-Space personae, more specifically the impact of race on the long-term motivational trajectory and identity co-construction of heritage and White American learners of Mandarin. Since this study aimed to shed light on Third-Space personae in the context of professional workplaces either in China or elsewhere, the participants recruited for this study were professionals with advanced Chinese skills and their native Chinese colleagues.

Dr. Zhang Xin, Fei Wu and Samantha Tsang met weekly to discuss the project during the summer of 2020.

After several weeks of conducting remote research on this topic, two main research questions were identified: 1) What role does one’s heritage background play in navigating “foreigner” identity in the professional Chinese workplace? 2) How does the image of “foreigner” in Chinese discourse, namely the image of foreigners as western and white (Mao’s (2015 ), impact the way white non-native speakers are perceived by native Chinese speakers compared to their non-native heritage speaking counterparts? How does this image impact non-native individuals’ motivations for studying Chinese?

During the presentation, the two student researchers focused on three cases and discussed their preliminary findings:
1) There appeared to be a double standard in terms of linguistic expectations placed upon non-native heritage speakers versus non-native foreigners who fit the image of the ‘foreigner in Chinese discourse. In other words, those who appear to be vaguely of Chinese descent, whether or not they actually are, are assumed to be native speakers of Chinese and those who appear to not be of Chinese descent are assumed to not know any Chinese.
2) The two non-heritage non-native subjects were more likely to be motivated intrinsically throughout their language learning journeys even after achieving fluency in Mandarin. On the other hand, the heritage subject’s learning motivations were more heavily influenced by both familial pressure and professional ambitions.
3) Working in Chinese workplaces as foreigners, the three subjects often switched between English-speaking and Chinese-speaking personae in the workplace. However, their reasons for switching back and forth appeared to be highly context-specific and dependent on their personal expectations for the given interaction. Additionally, the subjects who had lived in China for longer appeared to be more adept at switching back and forth between these personae without experiencing internal conflict to the same degree as the subject who had lived in China for the least amount of time.

Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk: Languages, Cultures and Intercultural Communication

Third Space lab (TSL) invites you to attend our first brown bag lunch research talk by Dr. Feng Liying (Language and Culture Center) on Persistence in language learning: The role of future self-guides at noon on Friday Nov. 6th, 2020 (China Standard Time)

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday November 5 : https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9GoIWgZ9EymV3kV

Location: CC 1095. Zoom link will be sent to remote participants.

Bring your own lunch and enjoy the inspiring conversation! Light snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.

The TSL brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community who are interested in discussing and engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a work-in-progress or a recent publication, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication.

If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey with your availability and potential topics/work you’d be interested in discussing: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bj9cfFmbMBwF80Z.

Student speakers are welcome but are encouraged to consult the TSL co-directors first. We will arrange in-person and hybrid sessions depending on the responses. Contact Thirdspacelab@dukekunshan.edu.cn or Dr. Zhang Xin (xz261@duke.edu) for inquiries.

Calling for Research Participants: First-Year Students and Third Space Lab – Part 2

Calling for first-year students as research participants for our study on “Transformative Learning and Third Space Personae in International Education”. Randomly selected students will earn a RMB 100 gift card for participating in the survey. Please click the link below to register and find out more: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2t2gTbysBN839pX

For any questions, please contact Dr. Emmanuelle Chiocca at emmanuelle.chiocca@dukekunshan.edu.cn or Dr. Zhang Xin at xin.zhang583@dukekunshan.edu.cn

Third Space Lab at SIETAR USA 2020 Conference

Recently, the three co-directors of the Third Space Lab presented at SIETAR USA to discuss the adaptations of their lab (its research agenda, workshops, training of research assistants, etc.) to the online context, in a session entitled Fostering Perspective Transformation in Third Spaces in Virtual Settings.

International education took an undeniable hit with Covid-19 and its consequences on mobility. While many institutions contemplate the possibility of offering in-person courses, others are reflecting on hybrid models or fully online programs to welcome their students this fall. A consequence of the situation is that pre-departure programs for study abroad sojourns and orientation for international freshmen, when not simply canceled, saw themselves reduced to the bare minimum. Rooted in the interventionist paradigm, which challenges the “immersion myth” that simply being abroad leads to positive intercultural growth and other deep changes, this Ned Talk addresses the virtual adaptations to interventions developed by a humanities research lab, the Third Space Lab(TSL) at a Sino-American higher education institution.

In light of uncertainty regarding study abroad semester for Chinese and international juniors to go to the US, as well as the arrival of incoming freshmen on campus in China, the Third Space Lab moved online to optimize students’ intercultural experiences by offering a series of online workshops, a series of online guest lectures, cultural events, and other resources for various cohorts of students. The virtual workshops address a series of topics including (1) learning about the host culture by creating their own research projects abroad, (2) learning how to reflect, (3) learning strategies for meaningful intercultural encounters, and (4) learning strategies for managing conflict experienced in their intercultural encounters. Guest lectures and cultural events showcase translingual and multicultural Third Spaces stories and encourage students to reflect on their own international education experience in cultural hybridity.

Showcasing TSL’s various virtual events, this Ned Talk addressed the conceptual and practical applications of Transformative Learning via intercultural sensitivity and Third Space personae development principles, as well as via conflict resolution.

For more information about these adaptations, you can watch the recording here:

Third Space Lab Recruits Research Participants for a Longitudinal Study – Transformative Learning and Third Space Personae Development in Global Education

Dear First-Year Students,

We are looking for incoming first-year students about to study at DKU to participate in a research project conducted by Emmanuelle S. Chiocca, Ph.D., Zhang Xin, Ph.D., co-directors of the Third Space Lab and faculty members in the Language and Culture Center.

Our research project revolves around students’ change as a result of living and studying in a translingual and intercultural environment. This research is being conducted in higher education institutions both in China and in the United States. You were selected as a possible participant because you are about to study at DKU. Continue reading “Third Space Lab Recruits Research Participants for a Longitudinal Study – Transformative Learning and Third Space Personae Development in Global Education”

Third Space Lab Recruits Research Participants – Transformative Learning and Conflict Resolution in International Education

Dear Sophomores and Juniors,

We are looking for students for a research study conducted by Emmanuelle S. Chiocca, Ph.D. and Saghar Leslie Naghib, Ph.D.

Our research project revolves around the change that students undergo as a result of studying in an intercultural and multilingual higher education setting.

We are trying to understand how students make sense of their experiences in an intercultural and translingual higher education setting and how their experiences contributed to their change, if any. We would very much appreciate your support by participating in our survey. The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and is strictly voluntary.

After the survey, if you are interested in participating further and are selected for it, there is a second, more in-depth phase with the possibility of compensation for your time. If you opt in, we will contact you to schedule a 30-60 minute Zoom or in-person interview. Eventually, if selected, we would like to interview you before and after you study at Duke for another 30-minute Zoom or in-person interview. If selected, and if you agree to it, we will also ask you to record your experience during your time at DKU and at Duke in the form of journaling, videos, and/or photos (things you might already engage in). The information collected will be kept confidential (we will be the only ones with access to your personal information such as your email address) and will be used for research purposes only. Participants of both the survey and the interview phases of the study will receive a 300 RMB gift card, and the chance to develop a portfolio/signature work out of their Third Space story-building and story-telling guided by the Third Space Lab.

You will find the link to the survey below:

https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcCRSZlAAwbPFBP

Sincerely,

Emmanuelle S. Chiocca, Ph.D. and Saghar Leslie Naghib, Ph.D.

Third Space Lab Event Report on “International Education: Can Intercultural Journey Have a Transformative Role in Life?”

By Anisha Joshi

Class of 2022

Click [HERE] to watch the recording

On June 29th, 2020, the Third Space Lab hosted guest researcher Dr. Joana Almeida, who discussed the importance of intercultural competence and the different ways students can foster this invaluable skill in a rapidly globalizing world. With a research focus in the internationalisation of higher education, Dr. Almeida has worked in Portugal, the US, and the UK, and plans in the near future to assume a position in Spain. Her talk to the DKU community around a question pertinent to the journeys of DKU students: can intercultural competence have a transformative role in life?

During her undergraduate studies at the University of Aveiro in Portugal, she studied abroad for a year in the UK through the Erasmus program, a student exchange initiative built to encourage student mobility and pan-European cultural exchange in the EU. She describes this first time in a new culture as the most challenging time. Thrust into a new language environment while also learning and teaching languages, she faced many obstacles- challenges that DKU students have all probably faced at one point or another. But after recognizing these challenges, Dr. Almeida labored to design strategies to overcome them, and these soon found their way into her work. Continue reading “Third Space Lab Event Report on “International Education: Can Intercultural Journey Have a Transformative Role in Life?””

Third Space Lab Initiative – Portraits of Third Spaces: Your DKU/Kunshan Story

Portraits of Third Spaces: Your DKU/Kunshan Story is a community project to create a unique story that captures the intercultural transformation of the people of the DKU and Kunshan communities

The transformation that many students, faculty, staff, and members of the Kunshan community have experienced in the past two years is a result of other experiences: altered spaces, new environments with different languages and cultures, intercultural interactions, celebrations, frustrations, loss, and so much more that cannot be possibly contained in a list. 

Portraits of Third Spaces: Your DKU/Kunshan Story will capture a snapshot of the DKU and Kunshan communities, creating a collective narrative that will reflect transformations resulting from intercultural encounters. TSL’s Portraits of Third Spaces: Your DKU/Kunshan Story campaign endeavors to catalog the uniqueness of individuals and contexts resulting from the interface of multiple cultures, in order to reflect the transformation of individuals and of spaces. TSL hopes that our campaign will encourage moments of reflection as our communities continue to move forward. 

Third Space Lab invites you to submit your personal reflection of transformation from your experiences at DKU or in Kunshan in response to the following themes (Language/Culture, Identity, and Spaces). The sub-themes below each theme are merely examples, and you are free to discuss another topic that falls under the larger theme:

Language and/or Culture

  • How have your (intercultural) experiences at DKU or in Kunshan affected your language or your view of language (Mandarin Chinese, English, or another language)?
  • How has it affected how you view (your) culture(s) and other cultures?

Identity

nativeness vs. non-nativeness
dominance vs. marginalization
self vs. other
insider vs. outsider 

  • How has your experience defined or redefined how you conceptualize or challenge the above (often perceived) dichotomies?
  • How has your experience in the past year or two influenced how you see yourself and others? How so?
  • How has it influenced your relationships with others (family, friends back home, new encounters, etc.)?
  • How has it affected your interests (personal, academic, professional, etc.)?
  • How has it influenced how you perform your identity in front of different audiences (family, friends back home, new encounters, etc.)?

Spaces

public vs. private
online vs. in-person
physical vs. intellectual 

  • How have some of the consequences of the pandemic influenced your conceptualization of the spaces mentioned above? 
  • How has your new environment affected your awareness of how your identity is shaped by these spaces?

Initial selection for the event will not be based on mastery of a medium (e.g. selection will be made based on how well the submission depicts the themes, not how aesthetically “good” or “skilled” it is) and can include poetry, drawings, paintings, photographs, and other creative works (video of alternative dance, etc.). Your submission must be accompanied by an oral or written narrative expressing your unique reflection on how your submission captures your transformation. We welcome submissions in both English and Chinese, as well as bilingual submissions including English or Chinese and another language. 

Shortlisted submissions will be featured in an on-campus exhibition at Duke Kunshan University during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

The project is completely free and open to all ages, statuses, and abilities. Submissions are accepted from now until September 1st and will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Share your artifacts and narratives with us at thirdspacelab@dukekunshan.edu.cn, and please specify which theme(s) and subthemes you would like to be considered for. 

The audience will vote for their 3 favorite student entries and the best 3 student submissions will receive a prize (more information will come at the end of the summer). 

由昆山杜克大学人文研究中心下设的第三空间研究室策划发起的《第三空间画像  :您的昆杜 /昆山故事》是一个社区项目,旨在创建一个记录昆杜人与昆山当地人的跨文化蜕变的独特群体故事。

《第三空间画像:您的昆杜 /昆山故事》将通过昆杜和昆山社区成员的个人经历,创建一个群体故事,以反映跨文化际遇所带来的转变。 第三空间研究室的《第三空间画像:您的昆杜 /昆山故事》征集活动希望对跨文化的个体和其独特背景进行归类,来反映个体和空间的转变。 第三空间研究室的愿景是我们的活动能鼓励人们进行反思,从而推动我们的社区继续前进。

第三空间研究室邀请您针对以下主题(语言/文化,身份,空间),根据您在昆山杜克大学或昆山社区的经历提交对转变(transformation)的个人反思。每个主题下的子主题仅是示例,您可以自由讨论属于该主题的其他未列出子主题:

  1. 语言和/或文化
  • 您在昆山杜克大学或昆山的(跨文化)经历怎样影响了您的语言或您对于语言的看法(包括中文,英语或其他语言)?
  • 您在昆山杜克大学或昆山的(跨文化)经历怎样影响了您看待(您的)文化和其他文化?
  1. 身份认同
    • 母语者与非母语者
    • 主流群体与边缘化群体
    • 自我与和他者
    • 内部群体与外部群体
  • 您的经历怎样定义或重新定义了您对于上述(通常意义上的)二分法的理解?
  • 在过去一两年,您的经历怎样影响了您对自己和他人的看法?原因是什么呢?
  • 在过去一两年,您的经历怎样影响了您与他人的关系(家庭,在家乡的朋友,结交的新朋友等)?
  • 在过去一两年,您的经历怎样影响了您的兴趣(个人,学术,专业等)?
  • 在过去一两年,您的经历怎样影响了您在不同的群体(家人,在家乡的朋友,结交的新朋友等)面前表现自己的身份?
  1. 空间
    • 公共空间与私人空间
    • 网络空间与面对面
    • 物理空间与思维空间
  • 此次疫情怎样重塑了您对上述空间的概念?
  • 您所处的新环境怎样影响了您对上述空间如何塑造您的身份的认识?

本次比赛的初筛不基于对媒介的掌握。我们的评选将基于提交内容与主题的相符程度,而不是基于其美学上的“良好”或“熟练”程度。作品形式可以有诗歌,绘画,摄影和其他创意作品(舞蹈视频等)。您提交的作品必须随附口头或书面叙述,以表达您的作品如何表现“转变”的独特思考。我们欢迎中英双语的作品和叙述,如果您以其他语言提交,请附中文或英文的翻译。

入围作品将在2020-2021学年期间在昆山杜克大学的校园展览中展出。该项目是完全免费的,并且开放给所有年龄段和不同身份的人们参与。即日起至2020年9月1日,我们将接收所有提交的内容,并将对其进行滚动评估。

请将您的作品发送到此邮箱(thirdspacelab@dukekunshan.edu.cn),并且请标明您作品的参赛类别。 观众将对他们最喜欢的3个作品进行投票,并且最受欢迎的3个作品的作者将获得奖品(更多信息将在夏末时提供)。