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Anthropological Studies of Education

International Mobility and Educational Desire

Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore

Authors: Yang, Peidong

  • Examines the impact of Singapore’s foreign talent scholarship practices 
  • Offers an ethnographic account of the student recruitment process in China
  • Presents the experiences of Chinese students in Singapore through the context of the university setting
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About this book

This book examines the Singapore government’s controversial practice of recruiting students from China and granting them full scholarships on the condition of a service “bond”. It offers detailed ethnographic accounts of the Chinese “foreign talent” students’ educational and cross-cultural experiences in Singapore to illustrate the complex intersections between international mobility and educational desire. In doing so, the book presents contemporary Singapore society’s concerns over immigration and cross-cultural encounters from a unique perspective.

About the authors

Peidong Yang is Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  He received  his doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK. His research interests include education and migration in the China-Singapore contexts as well as Internet and media in contemporary China.

Reviews

This book invites us to rethink the complexity of international educational mobility. The meticulous and elegantly written ethnographic account supplies a fascinating trip into the unique intercultural experience of foreign talent student immigrants in Singapore. Best of all the bold emphasis on the topics of desires, imaginaries and aspirations represents an original and fine contribution to the field. It should be mandatory reading for all those interested in study abroad and the internationalization of higher education.” (Fred Dervin, Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland)

“Yang provides a fascinating and richly ethnographic account of the implications of Singapore’s Foreign Talent Program. It speaks to larger issues around mobilities, state strategies and educational ‘desire.’ It is a must-read for anyone interested in the contemporary transformation of education systems beyond the ‘West’ through internationalization.” (Johanna L. Waters, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Oxford, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Yang, Peidong

    Pages 1-31

  • Contexts: Singapore’s Foreign Talent Programs and the Chinese Middle School as a Recruiting Ground

    Yang, Peidong

    Pages 33-52

  • Selecting Scholars for Singapore: The SM2 Program

    Yang, Peidong

    Pages 53-75

  • Singlish and the Singaporean: Cross-Cultural Encounter and Othering

    Yang, Peidong

    Pages 77-96

  • Being “Very China:” Self-Consciousness and Identity Transformation

    Yang, Peidong

    Pages 97-112

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59143-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59142-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Mobility and Educational Desire
Book Subtitle
Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore
Authors
Series Title
Anthropological Studies of Education
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59143-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59143-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59142-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 136
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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