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Hongrui Zhu

Doctoral Research AbstractHongrui Zhu PhD Website profile photo, tourist attraction

The phenomenon of backpacking has witnessed the fast growth among Asian youth, including Chinese. However, working holidays are relatively new to young people from Mainland China due to the limited opportunities. New Zealand was the first country that allowed Chinese youth to apply for the working holiday scheme based on the Free Trade Agreement signed by China and New Zealand in 2008. Nowadays, Chinese youth can apply for a similar program to have a working holiday experience in Australia since 2015. China youth has made less international presence among the community of working holiday makers (WHMs), resulting in being inadequately represented in the current tourism discourses. My doctoral research mainly focuses on their reasons for becoming a WHM, their work-and-travel experiences, and the learning from their experiences in New Zealand.

Education

Master of Translation and Interpreting, School of Foreign Languages, Tongji University, Shanghai, P. R. China (2012)

Bachelor of Arts, College of Foreign Languages, Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China (2010)

Scholarships & Awards

Certificate for Excellent Volunteer – The 12th International and National Conference on Discourse Analysis, Shanghai, P. R. China (2010)

Tongji University Master Scholarship – Tongji University, Shanghai, P. R. China (2010)

Nankai University Undergraduate Scholarship – Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China (2009)

Nankai University Undergraduate Scholarship – Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China (2008)

Primary Research Interests

Youth Tourism:
Including: studying decision-making process and motivations, experience and learning outcomes of young budget travelers, such as backpacking, and working holidays.

Other Research Interests:
Volunteer tourism, LGBT tourism, lifestyle travelers and mobility

Teaching Experience

Teaching (educating/language training)
Imparting knowledge of Wildlife Tourism (2016-2017)
Imparting knowledge of Nature and Indigenous Tourism (2016)
Teaching Listening and Reading of IELTS (2014)

Teaching Assistant (lecturing/tutoring/grading)
Introduction to Tourism at University of Otago (2017)
Tourism Product Development at University of Otago (2015)
Elementary Translation and Interpreting Course at Tongji University (2011)

Guest Speaker/Lecturer
Advanced Tourism Concepts at University of Otago (2017)
Elementary Translation and Interpreting Course at Tongji University (2011)

Publications

Zhu, H., Tucker, H., & Duncan, T. (Forthcoming). Working and Traveling in New Zealand: A Reflective Narrative in the Field. In P. Mura & C. Khoo-Lattimore (Eds.), Asian Qualitative Research in Tourism (in press): Springer International Publishing.

Zhu, H. (2017, February). An Exploratory Study on Why Chinese Youth Embark on a Working Holiday in New Zealand. Paper presented at the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference: Time for Big Ideas? Re-thinking the Field for Tomorrow, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Zhu, H. (2016, September). Shaping Identities through Working-Holiday Experiences: Analysis of Chinese Working Holiday Makers in New Zealand. Paper presented at the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) Annual Conference: Tourism, Lifestyle and Locations, Canterbury, UK.

Zhu, H. (2016, August). An Exploratory Study of Chinese Working Holiday Makers in New Zealand. Paper presented at Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference: Nexus Thinking, London, UK.

Presentations

Zhu, H. (2017): Been There, Done That: The Overall Experiences of Becoming a WHM in New Zealand. Graduate Seminar Series at Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Zhu, H. (2017). An Exploratory Study on Why Chinese Youth Embark on a Working Holiday in New Zealand. CAUTHE Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Zhu, H. (2016). Shaping Identities through Working-Holiday Experiences: Analysis of Chinese Working Holiday Makers in New Zealand. ATLAS Annual Conference, Canterbury, UK.

Zhu, H. (2016). An Exploratory Study of Chinese Working Holiday Makers in New Zealand. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, UK.

Zhu, H. (2016). Been There, Done That: The Real Part. Graduate Seminar Series at Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Zhu, H. (2015). Been There, Done That: The Motivations, Working and Traveling Experiences and Transformations of Chinese Working Holiday Makers in New Zealand. Graduate Seminar Series at Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Professional Membership

Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (2016-)