«East Is East, West Is West»?: Home Literacy, Culture, and Schooling


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Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
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About the Author

The Author: Guofang Li is Assistant Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received her Ph.D. in second language and family/community literacy from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Upon the completion of her doctorate, she continued her research on Chinese immigrant children's home and school literacy connection as a post-doctoral fellow (SSHRC) at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning article, «Family Literacy and Cultural Identity.»


«'East is East, West is West? Home Literacy, Culture, and Schooling' takes us into the homes of four families and allows us to look closely at four Chinese children as they begin their schooling in Canada. Guofang Li does an excellent job of describing the challenges facing both academic and entrepreneurial families as they try to make sense of an educational system that is very different from the one they experienced. There is much important information about the perceptions that new Chinese immigrants have about Western schooling and the difficulties that they encounter in balancing work and academic support of their children. This book especially valuable to researchers and practitioners involved in the establishment of meaningful home-school partnerships between newly arrived immigrants and schools.» (Guadalupe Valdés, Professor of Education and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University, California)