Chinese Dreams? American Dreams?

The Lives of Chinese Women Scientists and Engineers in the United States

  • Diane Yu Gu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Lived Experiences of Chinese Women Scientists and Engineers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-11
  3. The Academic Environment and Graduate Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
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      Pages 43-51
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      Pages 73-87
  4. Chinese Women’s Lived Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
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      Pages 91-107
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      Pages 109-118
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      Pages 119-132
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  5. Gendered Transnational Networks, Guanxi, and the Power of Reversed Migration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
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      Pages 159-168
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      Pages 183-194
  6. Reflections and Conclusions: Chinese Feminist Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
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      Pages 197-208
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      Pages 209-225
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      Pages 227-234
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-245

About this book


"Immigrant Chinese women scientists and engineers who study and work in the United States constitute a rapidly growing yet understudied group. These women’s lived experiences and reflections can tell us a great deal about the current state of immigrant women scientists in the United States, how universities can help these women succeed, and about China’s emergence as a global scientific and technological superpower.

Chinese Dreams American Dreams is the first ethnographic study to document migrating Chinese-born women scientists’ and engineers’ educational experiences and careers in the U.S. It historically situates these women in current political, economic, and cultural contexts and examines the successful strategies they employ to survive discrimination, advance careers, establish networks, and promote transnational research collaborations during their educational and career journeys in the U.S. This study makes a valuable text for students, researchers, and policy makers in higher education, women’s studies, science and engineering studies, as well as for faculty who teach future scientists and engineers. It also introduces new multicultural, intersectional, and feminist perspectives on these crucial issues of gender, ethnicity, nationality, and class, as they impact women’s professional lives."


Chinese women Science and Engineering studies International students Cross-cultural mentoring Scientific workforce migration Chinese feminism

Authors and affiliations

  • Diane Yu Gu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-540-1
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