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:Navigating Family and the University: Mainland Chinese Undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Author(s):Gutzke, Karla; Morgan, Lucinda; Wardell, Eric; Zuri, Ziah
Subject(s):Family, Communication
Abstract:This project examines the role parents and/or other family members in relation to international undergraduate students from Mainland China. Specifically, the research focuses on the role of family within three distinct time periods for an individual student: as the student applies to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; given the physcial separation between the involved parties, to what extent are parents and/or other family members involved with the student while they are studying at the university; and the level of impact family on the student as he/she completes his/her studies at the university and pursues his/her post-graduation endeavors.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ANTH499 Section NA (Ethnography of East Asia)
Professor Nancy Abelmann
The readings should introduce you both to aspects of contemporary social and cultural life in East Asia (alas, Taiwan is missing) and to the trends of the field, namely the ways in which scholars are going about the business of ethnographic representation. Over the last few years something new is happening at the U of I and many other U.S. universities: an explosion in the number of East Asian (foremost PRC Chinese and South Korean) citizen undergrads. In a word, our very back yard is home to many students who can teach us a great deal about social life in contemporary East Asia (and about our university). So, a part of this course will be your research – in 3-4 person teams – on these students, and our university.
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Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-15

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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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