Temporary Transnationals: Southeast Asian Students in Australia

Meredith L. Weiss, Michele Ford
2011 Journal of Contemporary Asia  
Despite rapidly increasing global flows of international students, research to date has paid little heed to how students abroad identify and mobilise. Focusing on the experience of Indonesians, Malaysians and Singaporeans in Australiaa primary hub for international educationwe explore the ways in which our informants understand their place and potential as students. We find international students to comprise a distinct sort of diaspora. With their liminal status, thesefor the most partonly
more » ... most partonly temporary transnationals do internalise new norms and agency in a personal sense. However, they tend to identify increasingly as national citizens and to be disinclined to mobilise politically, at least during the course of their studies. These findings add to our understanding both of collective identity and action among students, and of the broader implications of globalisation and internationalisation for social and political activism.
doi:10.1080/00472336.2011.553042 fatcat:ba3ikkvfrbdufjpfobc7b7btvy