Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Chinese Interracial Friendship Statuses on Campus
Author(s):Tsang, Ho Chuen
Subject(s):interracial relationships
Chinese students
Abstract:My research project will be searching the possible segregation happens to Chinese students in campus. I will mainly focus on How’s Chinese students interracial friendship status, “What cause the segregation and prevent friendship between Chinese students and other races students?” As I experienced as a new comer to UIUC and living in campus for a few months, I notice there is segregation taking place in U of I. It might not be so obvious, but I believe I see segregation everyday when I pay attention to my surrounding. To support my hypothesis of segregation existent, I choose to do observation in different dining halls other than only the dining hall in Peabody, where I live in. I also search and annotated the researches and articles in IDEAL and library database that will support my claim or correct my wrong perspectives or stereotypes on “segregation” I experience in campus. After these procedures, I will conduct a survey to a few Chinese Students on campus to compare with the data I collected through observation and annotated bibliography. Then I can know if segregation exists on campus and also explain why it happens. Furthermore, if the data and the survey agree with each other, the reliability of the answer to my research question will increase. Then, we can suggest ways that the university can do to reduce the segregation and promote a diversity environment.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 103, College Composition I: Race and the University, Yu Kyung Kang: This course is the first half of a two-semester sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researchers and critical thinkers. To this end students were encouraged to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images and discussions. This section of Rhetoric 103 was different from others in that it centered on a particular theme, Race and the University as a part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI). As a Race and the University course students investigated the way that race defines people, actions, and patterns of thought, and what people make of race and issues of race. Students did this by exploring texts and contexts in the first half, then observed and researched issues particular to our campus in the second half. Over the semester students went through a step-by-step research process that started with a research question and ended with a final research project. As an Ethnography of the University (EUI) section, students conducted innovative research and explored issues of race by coming in direct contact with people, places and texts connected or related to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-26

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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