Ambitious and Anxious:

How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education

Authors

  • Shuning Liu Ball State University, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jise.v9i2.2258

Keywords:

Agency; Chinese International Undergraduate Students; Chinese Middle- and Upper-Middle Class; International Student Mobility; Politics of International Student Mobilities

Abstract

Over the recent decade, the United States has witnessed a growing influx of self-funded Chinese international undergraduate students into its university campuses. Mainstream U.S. media accounts have tended to hold unexamined stereotypes about these international students. This essay review of Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Educationhighlights the importance of exploring students’ agency in their pursuit of international education. The article points out that to better understand Chinese international undergraduate students’ ambition and anxiety, we must link their emotional and psychological burdens, their academic and social struggles, as well as their agency, to the changing national and international contexts where these students’ transnational mobility is situated. The essay also calls for the need for further research into the politics of international student mobilities.

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Author Biography

Shuning Liu, Ball State University, USA

Shuning Liu, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Ball State University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of curriculum studies, educational policy, globalization and education, comparative and international education, and qualitative inquiry. Her current research projects involve the role of international education in the formation of social elites. She is the author of the book Neoliberalism, Globalization, and “Elite” Education in China: Becoming International (Routledge, 2020). Email: sliu8@bsu.edu

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Liu, S. (2020). Neoliberalism, globalization, and “elite” education in China: Becoming international. New York: Routledge.

Ma, Y. (2020). Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education. Columbia University Press.

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Published

2021-02-21

How to Cite

Liu, S. (2021). Ambitious and Anxious: : How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 9(2), 355–359. https://doi.org/10.32674/jise.v9i2.2258