Aspiration & Anxiety

Christina Ho

The children of Asian migrants are often perceived to be perfect students: ambitious, studious and compliant. They are remarkably successful-routinely outperforming other students in exams, dominating selective school intakes, and disproportionately winning places at prestigious universities. While their hard work and success have been praised, their achievements have ignited fierce debates about whether their migrant parents are ‘pushing too hard’, or whether they ought to be lauded for their commitment to education. Critics see a dark side, symbolised by the ‘tiger mother’ who is obsessed with producing overachieving ‘dragon children’. What is often missing in these debates is an understanding of what drives Asian migrant parents’ approaches to education. This book explores how aspirations for their children’s future reinforce their anxieties about being newcomers in an unequal society.

It should be required reading for anyone working in education or educational policymaking today.

- Fran Martin, Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal

Release
Jun-2020
ISBN
9780522874839
RRP (AUD)
$34.99
Pages
216
Format
Paperback & Hardback & ebook
Category
Education

Christina Ho

Christina Ho is Associate Professor of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, where she researches migration, cultural diversity and urban inter-cultural relations, with a particular focus on education.

Melbourne University Press

Publishing books with spine since 1922, Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is Australia’s first and top university press.

Aspiration & Anxiety
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