Friday, October 19, 2012

Upcoming Seminar: Optimism Misguided? Teenage Immigrant Students in Hong Kong

"Optimism Misguided? Teenage Immigrant Students in Hong Kong" 

Speaker: CHEE Wai-chi
Part-time Lecturer
Department of Anthropology, CUHK
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 26 October 2012
Venue: Room 401 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


The social integration and educational prospects of school-age immigrants have been a major issue roiling the education systems of an ever-growing list of receiving societies around the world. In Hong Kong, the largest two incoming groups are from Mainland China and from South Asia. A vast majority of them have a working class background and arrive with the hope of becoming middle class through a good education. However, this hope seems misplaced given that most of them, at least upon arrival, go to low rank schools in Hong Kong. The hope seems even more unrealistic for South Asian students given that very few non-Chinese students manage to enrol in university degree programs in Hong Kong. This talk discusses the institutional forces and the discursive and symbolic structures that circumscribe the schooling experiences of these recently arrived immigrant students.


Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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