Podcasts by Network for Research into Chinese Education Mobilities
By NRCEM ChineseEdMobilities
Podcasts by Network for Research into Chinese Education MobilitiesNov 15, 2021
Episode 17: The urbanization of people_Interview with Dr Eli Friedman on migrant schools in Beijing
In this episode, The NRCEM (Dr Cora Xu) spoke with Dr Eli Friedman (Cornell University, US) about his new book 'The Urbanization of People' (Columbia University Press). Eli discussed his incidental journey into researching educational inequalities and urbanization issues in China as a labour scholar. He explained what he meant by the 'just in time' urbanisation and what he argued to the an 'inverse welfare state' approach towards educational resource allocation in China's mega cities such as Beijing. He also commented on how the most recent relaxation of the birth control policy may, to a limited extent, reduce the educational immobility limbos of some of the rural-to-urban migrant children. Eli shared his observations about benefits of studying in Beijing for the migrant children and potential (but small-scale) collective resistance among the rural migrant children, their families and schools. Eli in addition discussed the difficult work conditions and experiences of teachers in these migrant schools. Last but not the least, Eli disclosed some invaluable insights into how he went about writing and proposing his book to Columbia University Press and his next steps of research. We wish Eli all the best in his future research endeavours! Watch the interview here.
00:49-00:10 Eli's self introduction
01:40-06:03 Incidental journey into researching migrant schools in China
07:05-20:47 'Just in time' urbanization and 'inverse welfare state'
20:48-25:01 Reducing immobility limbos and the relaxation of birth control policy
25:22-32:07 Benefits of studying in migrant schools in Beijing
32:08-41:39 Potential collective resistance
41:40-49:25 Difficult working conditions of teachers in these migrant schools
49:30- 52:11 Writing and proposing book to Columbia University Press
52:13-54:53 Next steps
Episode 16: Class consciousness construction of rural migrant children in China_Interview with Dr Jiaxin Chen
In this episode, the NRCEM (Miss Tong Meng) interviewed Dr Jiaxin Chen (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) about her latest book: Class consciousness construction of rural migrant children in China (2022, Routledge). You can find the related articles here (British Journal of Sociology of Education) and here (China Quarterly).
(1) 00:00:45 Jiaxin's self-introduction
(2) 00:03:35 Research motivation
(3) 00:10:30 Key findings
(4) 00:17:35 Anecdotes: a teacher who provides "service of chatting"
(5) 00:26:20 Using Paulo Freire's theory
(6) 00:36:00 Working with teachers, parents and children
(7) 00:40:54 To stimulate the children's critical consciousness
(8) 00:52:35 Publication process (Routledge)
(9) 00:59:25 Future research plan
Episode 15: Benefits of Studying in China-International Students from Top-tier Chinese Universities ‘Spill the Beans'_Interview with Dr. Jasvir Singh
In this episode, the NRCEM (co-hosts Miss Tong Meng and Miss Lisa Bian) spoke with Dr. Jasvir Nachatar Singh (La Trobe University) about her latest article: "Benefits of studying in China: International students from top-tier Chinese universities ‘spill the beans'" published in Journal of Further and Higher Education. Jasvir introduced her research motivation and experiences. She told anecdotes during her field research and offered some intriguing insights into writing/publishing. As an international academic staff, Jasvir also shared her own journey working outside of home country (Malaysia) and provided invaluable job-hunting advice for early-career international academics. You can read Jasvir’s article here and her book chapter ("An international early-career academic journey in Australia") here.
Episode 14: Dreams of Flight-The Lives of Chinese Women Students in the West_Interview with A/P Fran Martin
In this episode, the NRCEM (co-hosts Dr Cora Xu and Miss Tong Meng) spoke with A/P Fran Martin (University of Melbourne) about her latest book: Dreams of Flight: The Lives of Chinese Women Students in the West published by Duke University Press. Fran introduced her motivation and experiences for researching the intimate lived experiences of Chinese women students in Australia. She also shared fascinating anecdotes during her field research and great advice on approaching university press publishers. You can read an introduction to Fran's book here, listen to her share her main findings in Chinese here, and listen to her book launch talk here.
Episode 13_rural Chinese students studying abroad & precarity of white teachers in China_Dr Shanshan Lan
In this episode, the NRCEM interviewed Dr Shanshan Lan (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) about her latest articles published in Pacific Affairs and in American Anthropologist on rural Chinese students studying abroad in Korea and the precarity of white teachers in China’s English language teaching scene respectively. Shanshan shares important research insights into the 'migration' life trajectories of her research projects and the publication processes of her articles. She provides some excellent advice in academic writing as a craft as well. Read an introduction to her article in Pacific Affairs here and her article in American Anthropologist here.
Episode 12: Rural-urban migration and the argo-technological change in China_Interview with Dr Lena Kaufmann
Episode 11: Educational Hopes and Ambitions of Left-Behind Children in Rural China_Interview with Dr Yang HONG
In this episode, the NRCEM interviewed Dr Yang HONG (Shaanxi Normal University, China) about her latest book on The Educational Hopes and Ambitions of Left-Behind Children in Rural China (2021, Routledge). Yang shares important research insights into this book's main findings and intriguing anecdotes during her fieldwork, as well as useful advice about responding to reviewer comments during the book review process. You can find the introduction to this book here. Watch this interview on YouTube here.
Episode 10: Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China's Top University Students_Interview with Dr Susanne Bregnbæk
In this episode, the NRCEM (co-hosts Dr Cora Xu and Miss Zhiyun Lisa Bian) spoke with Dr Susanne Bregnbæk (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) about her impactful book: Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China's Top University Students' published by Stanford University Press. Susanne introduced her destined 'fate' to research China and how she chanced upon this important research topic when she was in China. She also shared deeply emotional anecdotes during her fieldwork and the incredible impacts of her book on contemporary Chinese young people which she discovered by chance.
Episode 9: International School Teachers' Lived Experiences_Interview with Dr Adam Poole
In this episode, the NRCEM spoke with Dr Adam Poole, Director of Research in the Institute of Impact Studies in Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), China. Adam introduced his newly published book: 'International Teachers' Lived Experiences' with Palgrave Macmillan. Adam also shared anecdotes during his fieldwork and his tips for publishing both (many) peer-reviewed journal articles and a monograph based on his doctoral work. He provided a sneak preview into his newer research projects. Watch a lecture by Adam on the same topic and read an introduction to one of his articles. Watch the video of this interview.
Episode 8: The Children of China's Great Migration: Interview with Prof Rachel Murphy (Oxford University)
In Episode 8, The NRCEM spoke with Professor Rachel Murphy (Oxford University) about her latest book (Cambridge University Press) 'The Children of China's Great Migration'. Rachel shared her motivation for conducting this longitudinal research on left-behind children in rural China, the key findings of her book, and shared fascinating anecdotes when she conducted her fieldwork. Rachel also spoke about how she proposed her book to Cambridge University Press, and provided tips on applying for research funding as well as advice on fostering and sustaining long-term research collaborations. Rachel briefly discussed her future research projects based on this book. You can watch this interview and read an introduction to Rachel's book.
Episode 7: Meritocracy and Gaokao in China by Dr Zachary Howlett
In Episode 7, Dr Zachary Howlett (Yale-NUS College) shared his latest research published in his recent Cornell University Press book Meritocracy and Its Discontents: Anxiety and the National College Entrance Exam in China. He introduces main findings of his book, and shared intriguing anecdotes about his two-year-long fieldwork in three different high schools in Fujian Province. He also disclosed valuable tips for turning a PhD thesis into a book, such as organising book workshops to gain feedback from experts in the field and strengthen the book manuscript before sending it out for peer review. Zach also provided a sneak preview into his new research project the marriage patterns of educated rural-to-urban migrant women. Buy Zach’s book by applying the following promotion code to save 30%. Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, & Papua New Guinea–Use code CSV21MID at combinedacademic.co.uk; United States–Use code 09FLYER at cornellpress.cornell.edu or call 800 848 6224; Canada–Email email@example.com or call 1-800-565-9523.
Episode 6: Cross-boundary Schooling by Prof Johanna Waters & Dr Maggi Leung
In Episode 6, Prof Johanna Waters and Dr Maggi Leung shared their latest research findings based on their recent articles published in Population, Space and Place and in Geography. Jo and Maggi discussed their motivations for researching everyday cross-border mobilities of younger children across the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border, their main findings about the flows and rhythms and familial dynamics within these cross-boundary school children's daily routines and in their families. They animated an interview with a former cross-boundary schooling student which shaped the conception of their Population, Space and Place article. They also disclosed the 'secrets' to their admirable long-term collaborations: seeing eye to eye with and having trust in each other. Jo and Maggi are working on a few more articles based on this piece of research and they welcome suggestions about how to develop this project further. Jo can be contacted via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org & Twitter: @johannalwaters and Maggi can be contacted via Email: email@example.com.
Episode 5: Jinting Wu: Rural Ethnic and Disability Education in China
In this episode, Jinting revealed her journey to conducting and writing her award-winning PhD research and monograph 'Fabricating an Educational Miracle' (SUNY Press) as well as her recent article 'From Researcher to Human Being: Fieldwork as Moral Laboratories' and chapter 'Erasure and Renewal in (Post)socialist China: My Mother’s Long Journey'. Jinting shared fascinating anecdotes during her fieldwork in China's Southwestern Guizhou Province. She also provided helpful tips on how the publication process of turning a PhD thesis into a monograph. To read a detailed summary of this episode, click here.
Episode 3: Yeow-Tong Chia and Zhenzhou Zhao: Citizenship and Education in China
Interview with Ben Mulvey (Episode 4): International student mobility between Africa and China
In Episode 4 of 'Meet the Author' Podcast, we are delighted to have Ben Mulvey from the Education University of Hong Kong with us to discuss his latest research on international student mobility between Africa and China. This is based on his two latest articles published in Higher Education Policy and Higher Education. Ben discusses his motivation for conducting research in this area, based on his previous experiences of studying and working in various parts of China. He also reveals some tips for publishing as a PhD candidate and reflects on the 'publish or perish' cultural context in Hong Kong. Ben also shares the challenges and strategies of conducting fieldwork under COVID-19. He looks forward to completing his PhD project. You can access Ben's articles here and here. Read a summary of Ben's interview here.
Episode 2: Shuning Liu -- New 'Elite' Schooling in China
In this episode, Dr Shuning Liu (Ball State University, US) discusses key findings, empirical experiences and future plans about her latest book ‘Neoliberalism, Globalization, and "Elite" Education in China’. She also reveals anecdotes when conducting her fieldwork in a public high school in China, relating to her insider/outsider positionality and her habit of wearing a back pack. Shuning also looks forward to her upcoming articles and a second book based on follow-up research conducted in relation to this research project.
Episode 5: Xuemeng Cao--Life as an international student amid COVID 19
In this episode, we speak with Ms Xuemeng Cao, a PhD student at Warwick University (UK). Xuemeng discussed how she had spent the first few months of 2020 in quarantine and self-isolation due to COVID 19, first in her hometown when she spent her Chinese New Year holiday after submitting her PhD thesis, then in the UK when she came back to the UK to prepare for her PhD viva. To her, COVID 19 has pushed her to substantially re-adjust her work patterns, i.e. from being used to working in a formal setting within the university to working completely at home. COVID 19 has also impacted on her PhD viva arrangement, which has to be carried out online. This has posed notable anxiety on her part as this is not something that she was prepared for. Additionally, she regrets that she is now deprived of the opportunity to interact face to face with her examiners, on her PhD thesis for which she spent around three years of her time. Moreover, she revealed that COVID 19 has also disrupted the induction of her new position at the university.
Xuemeng has also made some poignant observations on how this COVID 19 pandemic has impacted on Chinese international students of all ages and study levels, from those younger ones who study in boarding schools in the UK, to undergraduates, to one-year Master's level students, to PhD students and recent graduates. While the former two groups experienced a great degree of uncertainty and anxiety due to accommodation constraints and reduced flights, the latter groups may also be concerned about the value for money of their respective courses and/or the opportunity to attend their one-in-a-life-time graduation ceremonies. She also suggested that many of the issues highlighted in this pandemic (e.g. independent learning capability, racism in destination countries) regarding Chinese international students are not new. Instead, these are issues that have had a deep root in practices of international education for a long time. She reckoned that this COVID 19 pandemic could be a juncture when such issues could be addressed. As to how they can be addressed, Xuemeng confessed that this needs much broader consideration and concerted efforts. However, on an individual level, as an international student or a would-be international student, it is perhaps worthwhile considering whether one is necessarily suitable for studying abroad. She specifically highlighted, based on her research experience, how it is critical for would be international students to realise that studying abroad also entails 'living' abroad, which can pose a host of challenges that they may not be aware of or may not be cut out for.
Xuemeng reflected that this COVID 19 has brought her new insights into her future research directions. For instance, over the past month, she has been exploring the experience sharing of Chinese international students on various social media platforms. However, such experience had sometimes led to negative emotional experiences on her part as a researcher. This makes her ponder over the ethical dimension of protecting the wellbeing of researchers in such contexts where the researcher is also an insider who can have strong emotional resonance with the researched.
We are grateful for Xuemeng's sharing and we wish her all the best in her upcoming PhD viva and her new position.
Episode 4: Jenny — Life as an international scholar amid COVID 19
Episode 3: Lilia – Life as an international student amid COVID 19
In this Episode 3, we speak with Lilia (a pseudonym) who is a second year PhD student in a university in the North Eastern pat of England UK. Lilia discloses her emotional experiences amid the current COVID 19 global pandemic, especially in relation to how it has impacted on her ongoing PhD research.
Episode 2: Jiexiu Chen — Life as an international student amid COVID 19
In this episode, we speak with Ms Jiexiu Chen, a final year PhD student at University College London’s Institute of Education (UK). Jiexiu’s experiences during this COVID 19 global pandemic could be characterised by these key words: sense of loss, danger vs safety, anxiety and uncertainty. She found the phrase ‘fighting a full battle’ (打全场) fitting in depicting Chinese international students like herself. She explained that the initial outbreaks in China had got her really worried, and now that the pandemic has been spread across the world, she experienced an overload of information. She was struggling to orient herself amid constant bombardment of fast-evolving pandemic updates. She depicted her state of mind as being ‘at a loss’ (迷茫).
Episode 1: Yitian Ren–Life as an international student amid COVID 19
In this episode, we speak with Miss Yitian REN, a first year PhD student at The University of Manchester (UK), originally from Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. Yitian shared her experiences as a Chinese international student amid the current COVID-19 Global Pandemic. She reflected on her emotional journey throughout different stages and different regional outbreaks.