Cross-border choice as identity investment: Cases of Malaysian and Indonesian ethnic Chinese students in Hong Kong

Pik Lin Jocelyn CHOI

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Abstract

This article reports a case study on two ethnic Chinese students, one from Malaysia and one from Indonesia, who chose to pursue higher education in Hong Kong. By placing the students at the center of investigation against the social, political, economic, and educational contexts of their home countries, as well as the host territory, the present life history study seeks to gain a holistic understanding of cross-border mobility. Findings suggest that the external push-pull actors were mediated by the students’ personal backgrounds and dispositions in their decision making. Although data show that the two students benefited from the cross-border mobility in terms of redefining their ethnic identities and creating global academic and professional identities, implications of the purposes of cross-border mobility and study methods for student mobility are discussed. Copyright © 2008 Scarecrow Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-290
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Reform
Volume17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Hong Kong
student
ethnic identity
disposition
Indonesia
Malaysia
decision making
present
economics
education

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Choi, P. L. (2008). Cross-border choice as identity investment: Cases of Malaysian and Indonesian ethnic Chinese students in Hong Kong. International Journal of Educational Reform, 17(3), 270-290.