Dr Ming Li staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63545

Dr Ming Li BA. MA. (YNU), PhD (Latrobe)

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

I am originally from Kunming, China. I taught English language and literature at Yunnan Normal University, from 1980 to 1995. I was awarded a doctoral degree in intercultural communication by Latrobe University, Australia in 1999. I have taught a number of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels since my arrival in New Zealand in 2000: International Language and Business Communication, Business Communication, Cross-Cultural Communication, Introduction to Human Communication, Global Communication and Managing Communications Technology. My research interests centre around international education, intercultural communication, migrant studies, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: ##64 4 801 5799 Ex 62512
    Location: 14, Block 5
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • PhD - La Trobe University (1999)
  • Masters - Yunnan Normal University (1987)
  • Bachelor - Kunming Teachers College (1980)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

International education, intercultural communication, migrant studies, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)

Research Opportunities

  • The acculturative experience of non-native English-speakiing doctoral students in New Zealand universities  (01/01/2013) The project investigates the acculturative experience of non-native English-speakiing doctoral students in New Zealand universities, the challenges and pedagogical approaches.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Asian Cultural Studies (200202): Cultural Studies (200200): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)

Keywords

International education

Intercultural communication

Migrant studies

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: Academic Acculturation: NESB Doctoral Students' Perceptions of Their Academic experience in New Zealand

The project investigated the major challenges non-native English speaking (NNES] doctoral students experienced in the process of academic acculturation in New Zealand universities. This study took a qualitative approach through in-depth semi-structured interviews with ten doctoral supervisors and twenty NNES doctoral students who were studying or had recently completed their doctoral studies in social science, humanities, and communication at New Zealand universities. The study found that the key challenges facing NNES doctoral students involved academic acculturation in the writing games, including norms and conventions, sets of rules, inconsistencies, ambiguities, mismatched expectations, formation of disciplinary identity, and advisor-advisee relationships. Most NNES doctoral students and supervisors believed that language, though an issue in academic acculturation, was not a major barrier as perceived by some other scholars. The study concludes that to be accepted into the academic community, NNES doctoral candidates need to understand the rules and conventions and skillfully play the writing games. Supervisors play a critical role in developing NNES doctoral candidates' skills in playing such games.
Read Project Description Hide Project Description

Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Project Title: Elderly Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand

This study examines the acculturative experiences, filial responsibilities and intergenerational communication between the elderly Chinese immigrants and their adult children in Wellington, New Zealand. Thirty-two elderly Chinese immigrants from mainland China participated in semi-structured interviews in late 2008 and early 2009. The study found that the levels of economic feasibility, acculturation and self-support for Chinese elderly immigrants determined the probability and desirability of living arrangements in the form of co-residence or independent living. Changes in economic and social status, roles, intergenerational boundaries and the changed socio-cultural environments challenged the Chinese traditional concept of filial piety and weakened the ties and bonds between the elderly migrants and their adult children. A large majority of the participants lived independently in state houses in spite of their old age, language and cultural barriers, social isolation, poor health and feelings of abandonment. Separate living arrangements and the effective government financial and housing support and services helped them regain their self-identity, self-worth, independence, and freedom to manage their own life, finance, and social activities. The study highlights the importance of care for the general wellbeing and the quality of life of the elderly Chinese immigrants in New Zealand.
Read Project Description Hide Project Description

Date Range: 2008 - 2009

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Li, M. (2016). Developing skills and disposition for lifelong learning: Acculturative issues surrounding supervising NESB doctoral students in NZ universities. Journal of International Students. 6(3), 740-761
[Journal article]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, MS. (2014). Perception of foreign education experience: An exploratory study of Chinese returnees from Australian and New Zealand universities. Communication Journal of New Zealand. 14(1), 97-131 Retrieved from http://nzca.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Li, M.
Patel, F., Li, MS., & Piscioneri, M. (2014). Cross-institutional and interdisciplinary dialogue on curriculum for global engagement: Emerging perspectives and concerns. Journal of International and Global Studies. 5(2), 40-52 Retrieved from http://www.lindenwood.edu/jigs/
[Journal article]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2013). Acculturation, filial responsibilities and living arrangements: An empirical study of the acculturative experiences of elderly Chinese immigrants in New Zealand. Intercultural Communication Studies. 12(1), 301-322 Retrieved from http://www.uri.edu/iaics/journal/index.php
[Journal article]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M., & Sligo, F. (2012). Chinese media going global: Issues of perception and credibility. China Media Research. 8(3), 116-127 Retrieved from http://www.chinamediaresearch.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=2
[Journal article]Authored by: Li, M., Sligo, F.
Li, MS., & Sligo, F. (2012). Chinese media going global: Issues of perception and credibility (Chinese translation). China Media Report Overseas. 8(4), 1-12 Retrieved from http://www.chnmedia.com/wordpress/
[Journal article]Authored by: Li, M., Sligo, F.

Book

Ganesh, S., Li, M., & Vaccarino, F. (2017). The bases for intercultural communication in a digital era. In S. Croucher (Ed.) Global perspectives on intercultural communication. (pp. 355 - 365). New York, United States of America: Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M., Vaccarino, F.
Li, M. (2017). Academic integrity: exploring issues of plagiarism facing Chinese students in New Zealand universities. In DM. Velliaris (Ed.) Handbook of research on academic misconduct in higher education. (pp. 332 - 351). Hershey, PA: IGI Global
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2016). Learning the rules of the game: Issues affecting academic acculturation of Asian international students in New Zealand universities. In K. Bista, & C. Foster (Eds.) Exploring the social and academic experiences of international students in higher education institutions. (pp. 38 - 58). Hershey, PA: IGI Global
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M., & Sligo, F. (2015). Internationalizing Chinese media. In . Qing Luo (Ed.) Global media worlds and China. (pp. 173 - 190). Beijing: The Communication University of China Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M., Sligo, F.
Li, M. (2016). A case of difficult acculturation: A Chinese student in a New Zealand University. In International Management and Intercultural Communication: A Collection of Case Studies; Volume 2. (pp. 41 - 61).
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, MS. (2014). Nationalism and imperialism. In RS. Fortner, & PM. Fackler (Eds.) The handbook of media and mass communication theory. (pp. 667 - 689). Malden, MA: Wiley
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2013). Language, culture and communication: A review of the challenges facing NESB migrants in New Zealand. In AS. Yeung, EL. Brown, & C. Lee (Eds.) Communication and language: Surmounting barriers to cross-cultural understanding. (pp. 103 - 124). Charlotte, NC, US: Information Age Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2012). The acculturative experiences of elderly Chinese immigrants in New Zealand. In . Dai X, & SJ. Kulich (Eds.) Intercultural adaptation (I): Theoretical explorations and empirical studies. (pp. 205 - 236). Shanghai, China: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Li, M.

Conference

Li, M. (2017, April). Smart livable cities: practices in New Zealand. Presented at The 3rd Annual International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM2017). Metropolitan Hotel, Leoforos Andrea Siggrou 385, Athens, Greece.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Pu, H., & Li, M. (2017). Recruiting returnees: A study of Chinese university presidents’ perceptions of foreign-educated returnees at Chinese universities. In 3rd International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM2017) Abstract Book(pp. 54 - 54). , The 3rd Annual International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM2017) Athens, Greece: Communication Institute of Greece
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2016, January). The strategic communication imperative: managing supervisor-supervisee relationships and role expectations in doctoral supervision. Presented at The Eighth International Forum on Public Relations & Advertising (PRAD) 2016. Te Papa, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M.(2015, June). Developing skills and disposition for lifelong learning: Acculturative issues surrounding supervising non-native English-speaking doctoral students in NZ universities. .
[Conference]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2014, March). Dilemmas of Chinese students in a first language classroom: Research findings from New Zealand higher education. Presented at The Office of Learning and Teaching Global Links Speaker Series 2014. Gold Coast, Bond University, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, MS. (2013, February). Global citizenship and internationalisation of the HE curriculum. Presented at Creating Spaces: Dialogue on a curriculum for global engagement in higher education. Monash University Law Chambers, Monash University, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, MS. (2013, September). Assessment as learning for global citizenship: The Massey University experience. Presented at Deakin University Symposium: Assessment as learning for global citizenship: Dilemmas and opportunities. Deakin University, Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M., & Yang, Y. (2013). Foreign credentials no longer a guarantee to better employment and higher income: Job-seeking experiences of Chinese returnees from Australian and New Zealand universities. In C. Yu, & C. Wang (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Information [BAI 2013]. Vol. 10 (pp. H61 - H86). Taiwan: International Conference on Business and Information [BAI 2013]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Li, M.
Huang, G., Li, M., & Di, C. (2012). Communication differences between financial controllers and management accountants in the market expectation. In The Sixth New Zealand Management Accounting Conference Handbook(pp. 47 - 47). , The Sixth New Zealand Management Accounting Conference New Zealand: School of Accountancy, Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2012). Cultural adaptation and the living arrangements of elderly Chinese immigrants in New Zealand. In The 18th International Conference of the International Association for International Communication Studies [IAICS 2012 Annual Convention]: Cultural Convergence and Conflict in Global Context: Rethinking the Phenomenon of 'Glocalization' Proceedings(pp. 82 - 82). , The 18th International Conference of the International Association for International Communication Studies [IAICS 2012 Annual Convention]: Cultural Convergence and Conflict in Global Context: Rethinking the Phenomenon of 'Glocalization' Taiwan: International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Li, M.

Other

Li, M. (2015, December). Internationalization of education: opportunities and challenges. In Lecturers and managers, Communication University of China (Nanjing).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2015, April). The impact of tertiary internationalization and glocalization on the curriculum. In Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 46150 Bandar Sunway Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2014, June). The acculturative experiences of non-native English-speaking (NNES) doctoral students in New Zealand. In Massey University Doctoral Research Committee.
[Oral Presentation]Contributed to by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2014, September). The supervisor-supervisee relationship: acculturative issues in supervising nonnative English-speaking doctoral students in New Zealand universities. In School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Wellington..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2014, June). The acculturative experiences of non-native English-speaking (NNES) doctoral students in New Zealand. In Massey University Dcotoral Research Committee.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2014, March). Dilemmas of Chinese students in a first language classroom: research findings from New Zealand higher education. The Office of Learning and Teaching Global Links Speaker Series 2014, Gold Coast, Bond University, Australia.. In The Office of Learning and Teaching Global Links Speaker Series 2014, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia. Presented at Gold Coast, Australia. : The Office of Learning and Teaching Global Links Speaker Series 2014, Bond University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.
Li, M. (2013, November). Internationalizing the curriculum in higher education and pedagogical challenges. In Massey University, Wellington Campus.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Li, M.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Mandarin and English
    Last used: English and Mandarin
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 0 1

Teaching

Business communication

Intercultural communication

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Min Wang - PhD
    Homecoming: Foreign-educated Returnees' Experience of Reentry into Chinese Universities in Yunnan Province, China

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey