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Global Civic Engagement as an Empowering Device for Cross-Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Understanding in Taiwan

Global Civic Engagement as an Empowering Device for Cross-Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Understanding in Taiwan
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Author(s): Mei-Ying Chen (National Chiayi University, Taiwan) and Fu-hsing Su (National Chiayi University, Taiwan)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 22
Source title: Convergence of Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Global Civic Engagement
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ryan Shin (University of Arizona, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1665-1.ch002

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Abstract

This study observed the feasibility of a general education course in facilitating global civic engagement for twenty-six participants from a Taiwanese university. Such a commitment was considered crucial to the fostering of cross-ethnic and cross-cultural understanding of immigration and new immigrants as a global issue within the Taiwanese context. Oral presentations, film/video watching, and service learning sessions were arranged to promote critical appraisals of things, persons, and issues related to foreign ethnicities and cultures. Data of the study consisted of relevant writings produced by the participants. The results of analyses revealed that the participants developed an awareness of persons, things, and issues that were cross-ethnic or cross-cultural in nature. Consequently, they achieved attitudinal and perceptional change of foreign ethnicities or cultures or generated critical appraisals of specific things or issues. Additionally, a considerable number of them displayed motivational readiness for global civic engagement.

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