Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans

Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans

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by Vivian Louie
     
 

Louie (Harvard Graduate School of Education) explores the range of Chinese American experiences with higher education, in a study of students attending a non-elite college and how their perspectives and paths compared to those of students at an elite college. The text examines the significance of race and class in the educational messages that the children of Chinese… See more details below

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Louie (Harvard Graduate School of Education) explores the range of Chinese American experiences with higher education, in a study of students attending a non-elite college and how their perspectives and paths compared to those of students at an elite college. The text examines the significance of race and class in the educational messages that the children of Chinese immigrants hear from their parents and in the paths that the children take to college, how the children themselves situate the influence of the family in their schooling, and how it fits in with their own understandings of the social world in which they live. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"In this important book, Vivian Louie explores the variable educational experiences among the second and 1.5 generation children of Chinese immigrants . . . [T]his study makes an important contribution to studies of the second generation, as well as to the scholarship on higher education. It breaks new ground."—Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Compelled to Excel makes an important contribution ot the literature of sociology of education and race relations. It is clearly organized, convincingly argued, and well written. The frequent interview excerpts preserve the articulate, thoughtful, and dynamic voices of the respondents, opening doors to individual lives and voices we rarely hear."—Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

"[T]his is an excellent contribution to studies of Asian Americans and the sociology of education. Louie is a persuasive interviewer and will become an important scholar in these areas. This book would also be an excellent addition to any syllabus."—American Journal of Education

"This book is noteworthy in two respects. First, it presents original empirical materials on issues that are much discussed but have not been subject to detailed qualitative investigation. Second, by doing so, it sheds light on a topic that is both familiar and yet murky to social scientists: the educational achievements of Asian Americans. In short, I see the book as a major contribution to the sociology of education, ethnicity, and Asian Americans; it will be widely consulted by specialists in these areas."—Nazli Kibria, Boston University

"This book addresses a timely topic, reviews a considerable body of relevant contemporary literature, and presents a large number of richly detailed, sensitive and poignant interviews with Chinese-American college students and their families."—Steven Gold, Michigan State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804749848
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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