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    Talking Trees/树说/述说: a virtual journey to the East in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic

    Pinchbeck, Michael ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8444-5549 and Lo, Lan (2022) Talking Trees/树说/述说: a virtual journey to the East in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. In: The Migration Conference 2022, 07 September 2022 - 10 September 2022, Rabat, Morocco.

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    Abstract

    Talking Trees/树说/述说: A virtual journey to the East in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic is a collaborative research project that provides students from the University of Nottingham (UoN) with the opportunity to ‘Journey to the East’ without travelling there physically. The project draws on the literature on student migration and chimes with previous projects delivered either separately or in partnership by Lo and Pinchbeck around notions of migration and belonging. It was devised in collaboration between Dr Lan Lo, Assistant Professor in Chinese Language, Culture and Society, from the UoN and Dr Michael Pinchbeck, Reader in Theatre (MMU) during the Covid-19 pandemic as an alternative to study placement for students taking Chinese on university degree programmes. It was part of a package of measures designed to address these students’ language and cultural needs in the context of lockdown and restrictions on international travel including to China. This paper sets out the rationale for the project, the context in which it was developed, the questions it foregrounds, the theoretical assumptions that informed its design, as well as an initial evaluation of the main outcomes. It concludes by emphasising the value of such products, especially in the context of an uncertain international environment in which issues such as global health pandemics and political tensions between China and the West could have important implications for the future of placement programmes to China.

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