China's investment in U.S. higher education has raised considerable
debate, but little research has been directed to the manner in
which this investment unfolds and takes shape on the ground in
local contexts. Confucius and Crisis in American Universities fills
this gap by closely investigating how Chinese-funded U.S. programs
are understood and configured in the modern American university.
Drawing on interviews with Chinese teachers and their American
students, as well as conversations with university administrators,
this book argues that Chinese investment in American higher
education serves as a broad form of global policy, harnessing the
power of intercultural exchange as a means of managing
international diplomatic relations through the experiences of
university students. A transnational study, Confucius and Crisis in
American Universities questions and reframes conventional notions
of economic globalization and flexible citizenship, demonstrating
how Chinese investment in U.S. education advances the lives of the
already-privileged by creating access to overseas labor and
markets, but to the exclusion of middle- and working-class
students. A valuable and timely resource for scholars of education
and anthropology, this book will also be useful to anyone
interested in education policy or international affairs.
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