Asian migration and mobilities are transforming education cultures in the Anglosphere, prompting mounting debates about ‘tiger mothers’ and ‘dragon children’, and competition and segregation in Anglosphere schools. This book challenges the cultural essentialism which prevails in much academic and popular discussion of ‘Asian success’ and in relation to Asian education mobilities.
As anxiety and aspiration within these spaces are increasingly ethnicised, the children of Asian migrants are both admired and resented for their educational success. This book explores popular perceptions of Asian migrant families through in-depth empirically informed accounts on the broader economic, social, historical and geo-political contexts within which education cultures are produced. This includes contributions from academics on global markets and national policies around migration and education, classed trajectories and articulations, local formations of ‘ethnic capital’, and transnational assemblages that produce education and mobility as means for social advancement.
At a time when our schooling systems and communities are undergoing rapid transformations as a result of increasing global mobility, this book is a unique and important contribution to an issue of pressing significance.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Introduction: Asian migration and education cultures in the Anglo-sphere 1. ‘We are all Asian here’: multiculturalism, selective schooling and responses to Asian success 2. Why class matters less for Asian-American academic achievement 3. The construction of British Chinese educational success: exploring the shifting discourses in educational debate, and their effects 4. The new meritocracy or over-schooled robots? Public attitudes on Asian–Australian education cultures 5. Representations of East Asian students in the UK media 6. Race and legitimacy: historical formations of academically selective schooling in Australia 7. Education, real estate, immigration: brokerage assemblages and Asian mobilities 8. ‘Tutored within an inch of their life’: morality and ‘old’ and ‘new’ middle class identities in Australian schools 9. Academic segregation and the institutional success frame: unequal schooling and racial disparity in an integrated, affluent community 10. Indian tigers: what high school selection by parents pursing academic performance reveals about class, culture and migration 11. ‘Asian fails’ and the problem of bad Korean boys: multiculturalism and the construction of an educational ‘problem’