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Alexandra Grey was a legal researcher and advocacy trainer at a Chinese not-for-profit in Beijing from 2010-2013, continuing there after a stint with AusAID's Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program. Back home (Australia), she has lectured in law and policy since 2010 and was a practising commercial solicitor before she moved into the NGO and academic arenas. Alexandra has studied Chinese (Mandarin) and Linguistics at postgraduate levels and is now a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University.

Literacy in Development: China’s ethnic minorities (part 2) Education 

Literacy in Development: China’s ethnic minorities (part 2)

In an exciting cross-post with The China Beat, Alex continues analysing of the role literacy and development, this time in the Middle Kingdom. She looks at the minority communities who populate most of China’s developing regions, their bilingual schooling (or lack of it) and the relationship between their languages, their cultural identities, and the State. Continue reading
Literacy in development: economics and social sciences converge, uneasily (part 1) Education 

Literacy in development: economics and social sciences converge, uneasily (part 1)

Literacy is not a set of skills independently learned regardless of social and cultural context, nor is it simply synonymous with schooling. In part 1 of a three-part series, Alex Grey argues that unless ethnographic understandings inform literacy campaigns and other development projects, they are likely to be less successful or, worse, perpetuate development as a form of power and... Continue reading