Mobility and Education in Asia (1/2): Movements and flows

Dr Zhenjie Yuan1, Dr Peidong  Yang2, Dr Zhenjie  Yuan1, Dr Miaoyan  Yang3, Dr James  Leibold4, Dr  Siti Mazidah  Mohamad5

1Guangzhou University, , China, 2National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, , Singapore, 3Sociology Department, School of Sociology and Anthropology, Xiamen University, , China, 4Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University, , Australia, 5Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, , Brunei

Chair: A/Prof Zhenjie Yuan (co-convened by Vickie Zhang)


Education has become a high-profile social issue across Asia, involving complex, selective and far-reaching mobilities of people, things and ideas across traditional boundaries and borders. This session aims to explore how theories of mobility may be a productive interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of educational spaces, and to explore the way educational spaces harness and respond to frictions and flows that arise from the mobilities of people, things and ideas, focussing primarily on contemporary Asian societies.

This double-session consists of eight research contributions by researchers from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and China, who are working in the fields of human geography, anthropology, sociology, and educational studies. Topics range from student mobilities occurring between Asian societies, to challenges for and dilemmas of cosmopolitan learning in Singapore, to politics of lived experiences at an international branch campus in Malaysia, to experiences of mobility/immobility of ethnic minority students in China. Drawing on studies in the context of Asian societies, this session is expected to unveil the diversity of educational landscapes in contemporary Asia, and to be an interdisciplinary discussion on how Asian contexts could be a fertile ground for research on mobility and education.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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