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ERIC Number: EJ1265287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
To Be an Apolitical Political Scientist: A Chinese Immigrant Scholar and (Geo)Politicized American Higher Education
Liu, Qing
History of Education Quarterly, v60 n2 p129-155 May 2020
While educating international students is celebrated as a means of promoting mutual understanding among nations, American higher education has always been entangled with geopolitics. This essay focuses on Tang Tsou, the Chinese scholar who came to the United States as a student in 1941, eventually becoming the nation's leading China expert and producing knowledge about China for the United States during the Cold War. It analyzes how Tsou navigated a complex political terrain in which his Chinese identity was both a professional asset and a liability. Examining Tsou's personal and professional decisions as well as his response to the politicization of his Chinese identity reveals the (geo)politicization of higher education more broadly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States; Illinois (Chicago)