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International Student Mobilities and Voices in the Asia-Pacific

Letters to Coronavirus

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  • Dedicates to explore transnational student mobility and education from APAC in a time of global crisis

  • Highlights the voices of young people in an unprecedented challenge to global mobility

  • Offers a collection of independent voices, illustrations, and analyses to understand mobility and education

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Regimes: Borders, Norms, and Divisions

  2. Experiences: Emotions, Velocity and Habits

  3. Aspirations: Suspension and Freedom


About this book

This edited volume explores core questions on education and transnational mobility in a time characterized by a global pandemic, recasting them through the lenses of regimes, experiences, and aspirations. The volume brings together 20 short essays in the form of letters addressed to the coronavirus and written by international students , together with eight striking illustrations that depict emotive scenes from the essays, and eight academic commentaries that analytically link these personal narratives to broader societal structures. This book represents a timely intervention, providing an intimate glimpse into young people’s hopes and the challenges they face concerning their education and mobility.

Editors and Affiliations

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

    Yi’En Cheng

About the editor

Yi’En Cheng is a Research Fellow in the Asian Migration cluster at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He maintains an active research portfolio in the areas of international student and youth mobilities, higher education and globalisation, and young people’s citizenships and politics. He has been a guest editor for Special Issues of Space and Polity (2020), Area (2019), and Journal of Intercultural Studies (2018).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: International Student Mobilities and Voices in the Asia-Pacific

  • Book Subtitle: Letters to Coronavirus

  • Editors: Yi’En Cheng

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-3674-6Published: 01 December 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-3677-7Published: 02 December 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-3675-3Published: 30 November 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 252

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Higher Education, Globalization, Migration, Asian Culture

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