Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans / Edition 1

Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans / Edition 1

by Vivian Louie
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080474985X

ISBN-13: 9780804749855

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In the contemporary American imagination, Asian Americans are considered the quintessential immigrant success story, a powerful example of how the culture of immigrant families—rather than their race or class—matters in education and upward mobility. Drawing on extensive interviews with second-generation Chinese Americans attending Hunter College, a

Overview

In the contemporary American imagination, Asian Americans are considered the quintessential immigrant success story, a powerful example of how the culture of immigrant families—rather than their race or class—matters in education and upward mobility. Drawing on extensive interviews with second-generation Chinese Americans attending Hunter College, a public commuter institution, and Columbia University, an elite Ivy League school, Vivian Louie challenges the idea that race and class do not matter. Though most Chinese immigrant families see higher education as a necessary safeguard against potential racial discrimination, Louie finds that class differences do indeed shape the students' different paths to college.

How do second-generation Chinese Americans view their college plans? And how do they see their incorporation into American life? In addressing these questions, Louie finds that the views and experiences of Chinese Americans have much to do with the opportunities, challenges, and contradictions that all immigrants and their children confront in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804749855
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxiii
Part 1Family Journeys to America
1.Mainstream, Suburban America1
2.Urban, Ethnic-Enclave America16
Part 2How Children Make Sense of Education: A Family Matter
3.Ethnic Culture, Immigration, and Race in America37
4.Cultures-in-Transition: Gender and Migration64
5."Ending Up" at Hunter83
6.A Place at Columbia104
Part 3The Second-Generation Experience
7.Parental Sacrifice and the Obligations of Children123
8.Second-Generation Identities146
Conclusion: Looking toward the Future: A Raceless World or a World Divided by Race?164
Methodological Notes191
Notes201
References209
Index225

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