‘Disjuncture’ to ‘Reconstruction’: An Ethnographic Study on Cultural Identity Conflicts of Post-95 Chinese International Fine Art Students in London


Following the economic rise of China, the educational mobility of its nationals continues to increase. Intercultural communication between China and the UK is also occurring with greater frequency. Every generation of Chinese international students has encountered identity conflicts. Previous studies generally view them as a whole, discussing their identity conflict as a phenomenon of intercultural communication in an abstract way, leaving fewer studies to focus on how a particular professional group in a single location responds to the issue of identity conflict. The post-95s (those born after 1995), as a generation born at the turn of the century, share a distinctive feature of their identity conflict: 'disjuncture,' which is unique to them. The 'disjuncture' has led to widespread confusion, creating further potential problems in their identity conflicts and affecting their art practice. Consequently, the issue of 'disjuncture' identity conflicts is of urgent study importance. This study focuses on 10 post-95 Chinese international fine art students in London. Using mixed methods and ethnography approaches to investigate their subjective experiences of living, studying, and practicing art in London from the perspective of cultural identity. Through inductive and thematic analysis of the data collected, a more comprehensive understanding of their 'disjuncture,' 'conflict,' and 'reconstruction' is developed. The core of this study is to explore the possibility of how art practice becomes a potential means of transforming their identity from 'disjuncture' to 'reconstruction.'

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Wan Chen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

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Conference: PCAH2023
Stream: Ethnicity

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To cite this article:
Chen W. (2023) ‘Disjuncture’ to ‘Reconstruction’: An Ethnographic Study on Cultural Identity Conflicts of Post-95 Chinese International Fine Art Students in London ISSN: 2758-0970 The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0970.2023.19
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0970.2023.19

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