Chinese Students and Scholars in American Higher Education

Chinese Students and Scholars in American Higher Education

Chinese Students and Scholars in American Higher Education

Chinese Students and Scholars in American Higher Education

Synopsis

The author explores the multifaceted lives of many Chinese students and scholars in North American universities. Beginning with a discussion of their prior education in China from 1949 to the present, the author describes how some studied English in China, others studied in the United States, and how hard they worked to aquire English proficiency. Chinese students' and scholars' academic performance, achievements, and activities are provided, as well as research on their cognitive styles of field independence, scanning, category width, auditory and visual learning styles, and idealist and analyst thinking styles. This book also depicts their personal experiences as well as those of their families. Many of those participating in these studies made tremendous effort and sacrifice to succeed. The author's research has made a significant contribution to the study of international and multicultural education.

Excerpt

As a lay person of Chinese classics in my teenage years, I loved to read some classic books such as Dream of the Red Mansion, Three Kingdoms, West Pilgrimage, and some other books that were not as famous or were out of favor at that time. There is one book that puzzled me; that is the Yi Jing (or I Ching), which is still difficult for me. However, after many years of experiencing the change of history in my lifetime, I seem to understand the essence of that book--change--just as its name indicates. Be it Yin or Yang, Heaven or Earth, good fortune or bad fortune, the world is always changing. Coming to study in the United States used to be a dream for a Chinese person between 1949 to 1976. Then it became an opportunity for some around the late 1970s and early 1980s. After that, this opportunity grew into a reality for many more Chinese individuals.

For quite a few years, I have studied various aspects of Chinese students and scholars in the United States. I hoped to write a book about them and their families, and this hope has come true. The richness of their experiences has always been . . .

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