East is east, west is west? : home literacy, culture, and schooling

Li, Guofang, 1972-
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  • "Focusing on four Chinese immigrant children's intersecting worlds of home literacy, culture, and schooling, Guofang Li brings the reader into the inner worlds of these children and their families through an ethnographic lens. Centering on the meanings that these children's home literacy practices and their beliefs about literacy have brought upon their school experiences, this book documents the complex, multifaceted nature of the different literacy practices of these children in their distinct family milieus. Li highlights the role of culture and family capital in shaping home literacy practices and schooling. The illustrations of the varied, but often frustrating home experiences counteract the schooled Eurocentric notion of literacy that may constrain and contradict immigrant children's learning outside of schools."--Jacket.


  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-225) and index.
  • English


  • The Interface between Literacy and Culture: A Journey from East to West -- Understanding Literacy in a Cross-cultural Context -- Literacy, Learning, and Cross-cultural Schooling -- Literacy as a Cultural Practice -- Literacy as "Situated" Practices -- Family as a Cultural Setting -- Literacy Learning as Social Construction -- Literacy, Family, and Cross-cultural Living -- Unfolding the Stories -- Methodological Framework -- Positionality of the Researcher -- Research Sites: The Families and the City -- How the Stories Are Told -- Yang: The New Boy on the Block -- Introduction to English Literacy at Home -- The Boy Who Cries: Yang Li's School Experiences -- When East Meets West: Yang's Parents on Schooling -- Yue: Tuning to the New Rhythm -- Yue's Chinese School at Home -- Puzzled Parents: What Western Schooling is About? -- From Chinese Monolingual to English Monolingual -- Derin: "I Can't!" -- "Lonely in a Crowd": Derin at Home -- The China-Boy in School -- A Mother's Endless Tears: Schooling for What? -- Amy: "I Want to Learn A, B, C!" -- Amy's World: Emergent Literacy -- Amy's First Encounter with School -- Home Literacy: What It Is and What It Means -- The Nature of Home Literacy Practices -- Home Environment and Literacy Development -- Social Integration and Literacy Development -- Media and Literacy -- The Meaning of Schooling in a Cross-cultural Context -- Home-School Connection: What Does it Mean? -- Cultural Values and Schooling -- Socio-economic Status and School Performance -- Stereotypes, First Language, and ESL Children
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