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INTRODUCTION – Changing one’s world view: the potentially transformative power of Asian language(s) and culture(s)
Learning an Asian language can serve as a bulwark against rising nationalism and xenophobia.
Language learning should facilitate cultural understanding and this requires contentious aspects of culture to be examined.
What motivates students to study Chinese at Australian universities and did this change during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Chinese is classified as one of Australia’s most important strategic Asian languages, but currently students’ motivations are not properly considered.