Graduation Year


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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Asian Studies

Reader 1

Feng Xiao

Reader 2

Thierry Boucquey

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This thesis uses a Mandarin-English dual immersion program at a Southern California public elementary school as a case study to examine how culture is taught and learned in the dual immersion setting. Based on classroom observations and interviews with students, staff, and parents, this thesis argues that concepts of “China” and “Chinese culture” are conveyed, constructed, and negotiated by students as well as teachers, both implicitly and explicitly.