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Chinese scholars in American academe: Mobility, knowledge, identity, and globalization

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Abstract:

Background:
The migration of people across national borders is a large part of the story of globalization, especially highly talent people. The “Chinese scholars in American universities” is an interesting group in the context of global talent mobility. They have made careers for themselves in American universities, but aware of developments in their home country, and many have highly linkages with personnel and institutions in China.
Purpose:
This paper examines how Chinese overseas scholars recount their experience of international learning, teaching and researching in American academe through in-depth interview. More specifically, this research seeks to understand how they (re)form their national and transnational identities, how their knowledge and research agendas are transformed through their mobility, and how they negotiate the complex terrains of space, knowledge and power.
Theoretical framework & methods:
To investigate these issues, both theoretical and empirical approaches are used in this research. The theoretical framework is based on cultural studies and post-colonial theories, which open out analyses of cultural dynamics of identity, mobility and globalization. The empirical component has involved extensive interviews with 15 Chinese overseas scholars (eight male and seven female) who are currently working in a four-year research university. Issues like the pull-push factors of their immigrant decision, their roles as professors and researchers through the cross border and cross sector connections, their cultural and social affiliations are addressed.
Key findings & significance:
Chinese scholars' narratives show their dilemmas in the transnational space: the opportunities provided by American universities on the one hand and the perceptions of social obligations to their nation-state on the other. This research challenges the economic and deterministic view of globalization, and attempts to contribute to social-cultural studies of contemporary talent mobility and knowledge flow.
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Chen, Qiongqiong. "Chinese scholars in American academe: Mobility, knowledge, identity, and globalization" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493654_index.html>

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Chen, Q. , 2011-05-01 "Chinese scholars in American academe: Mobility, knowledge, identity, and globalization" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493654_index.html

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Abstract: Background:
The migration of people across national borders is a large part of the story of globalization, especially highly talent people. The “Chinese scholars in American universities” is an interesting group in the context of global talent mobility. They have made careers for themselves in American universities, but aware of developments in their home country, and many have highly linkages with personnel and institutions in China.
Purpose:
This paper examines how Chinese overseas scholars recount their experience of international learning, teaching and researching in American academe through in-depth interview. More specifically, this research seeks to understand how they (re)form their national and transnational identities, how their knowledge and research agendas are transformed through their mobility, and how they negotiate the complex terrains of space, knowledge and power.
Theoretical framework & methods:
To investigate these issues, both theoretical and empirical approaches are used in this research. The theoretical framework is based on cultural studies and post-colonial theories, which open out analyses of cultural dynamics of identity, mobility and globalization. The empirical component has involved extensive interviews with 15 Chinese overseas scholars (eight male and seven female) who are currently working in a four-year research university. Issues like the pull-push factors of their immigrant decision, their roles as professors and researchers through the cross border and cross sector connections, their cultural and social affiliations are addressed.
Key findings & significance:
Chinese scholars' narratives show their dilemmas in the transnational space: the opportunities provided by American universities on the one hand and the perceptions of social obligations to their nation-state on the other. This research challenges the economic and deterministic view of globalization, and attempts to contribute to social-cultural studies of contemporary talent mobility and knowledge flow.


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