Identifying Critical Leisure Issues in China: A Mixed Methods Study

Monika Stodolska, Gordon J. Walker, Xiang Wei, Erwei Dong, Zhi Li

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In order to identify the most critical issues for future leisure researches in China, a total of 28 Chinese leisure scholars participated in a workshop organized in October 2013 by the Beijing International Studies University, in collaboration with the University of Illinois (the United States), and the University of Alberta (Canada) during Annual Meeting of China Leisure Studies. Data were obtained from 28 Chinese leisure scholars using a sequential explanatory mixed methods approach, specifically in our case a survey of experts followed by a group discussion of the survey responses. The nine issues/topics that were identified by the Chinese experts included: time use, leisure and happiness/life satisfaction, public policy and planning, family leisure, needs and motivations, technological change, leisure space and resources, leisure education, and leisure and traditional culture. This list reflects the influence of Chinese culture, issues that are of particular importance to Chinese society in the second decade of the twenty first century, and practical considerations affecting the provision of leisure services in this country.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
JournalJournal of Zhejiang University (Humanities and Social Sciences)
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Chinese leisure research
  • Chinese culture
  • mixed method study
  • critical issues


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