Exploring the leisure experiences and perceptions of acculturation of newcomer Chinese youth

  • Author / Creator
    Khan, Trisha M.
  • This research explored the nature of the relationship between leisure experiences and perceptions of acculturation of newcomer Chinese youth. Employing interpretive description methodology, semi-structured interviews and a focus group elicited subjective description of leisure and acculturation experiences to expand leisure knowledge and develop practical applications (Berry, Poortinga, Segall & Dansen, 2002; Mannell & Kleiber, 1997; Padilla & Perez, 2003; Thorne, 2008, Thorne, Kirkhan, MacDonald-Emes, 1997). Eight newcomer Chinese youth participated who were thirteen to seventeen years old and had recently immigrated to Canada. A bi-directional relationship between leisure experiences and perceptions of acculturation developed around similarities and differences among leisure experiences in China and Canada, and factors that ease or hinder their leisure in Canada. Perceptions of boredom in Canada are related to how leisure was experienced. Approaches to acculturation as interpreted from leisure experiences were influenced by specific contexts. Further questions around leisure theory and applications to practice are offered which are presented as recommendations for future research. The significance of subjective investigation to complement quantitative research is also substantiated.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Karen Fox, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Gordon Walker, Recreation and Leisure Studies
    • Dr. Karin Olson, Nursing