Choen Yin Chan

After finishing my undergraduate degree in 2010 (in Maths) at Manchester, I decided to travel to Beijing, China, to learn Chinese. I spent a year at Tsinghua University learning Mandarin. During this year, I not only improved my language skills but also learnt a lot about different chinese cultures. As a British-born Chinese, with southern Chinese parents, and being raised to speak Cantonese, the Chinese cultures I experienced in Beijing were very different to the ones I knew growing up. I enjoyed my time there and wanted to stay longer, so I started to work as an English teacher. I ended up teaching for 4 years at different schools and universities (Beijing University of Post & Telecommunications, Minzu University of China, Harrow International School) and I also worked as an IELTS examiner. During this time I met many other expatriates from different countries and it was really interesting to see how different people adapted to life in China and how they viewed and dealt with differences in culture. I found that I was becoming more and more interested in such topics, and so in 2015 I came back to Manchester to do my masters in Intercultural Communication. This further increased my interest, and my MA dissertation which looked at relationships in UK-Chinese migrant families has lead me to want to explore further. Now, in 2017, I am about to start my PhD, which will explore the cultural identities within UK-Chinese families. In particular, how cultural identities are formed in both first and second generation migrants and the different enculturative and acculturative experiences of the two generations.

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