CGHE Webinar 292

Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education

Date: Thursday, 12 May 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom webinar
Speaker(s):
  • Yingyi Ma, Syracuse University

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The book Ambitious and Anxious offers a multifaceted analysis of the new wave of Chinese students based on research in both Chinese high schools and American higher-education institutions. I argue that these students’ experiences embody the duality of ambition and anxiety that arises from transformative social changes in China. These students and their families have the ambition to navigate two very different educational systems and societies. Yet the intricacy and pressure of these systems generate a great deal of anxiety, from applying to colleges before arriving, to studying and socializing on campus, and to looking ahead upon graduation. This book also provides policy implications from student recruitment to career services.

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