Desiring an Education: Scholarly Idealism and Anti-scholarly Entrepreneurialism

  • Peidong Yang
Part of the Anthropological Studies of Education book series (ASE)


This final chapter looks at how the PRC scholars experienced and perceived the UIS education, and how their educational desires are met with frustration, disillusionment and/or transformation as a consequence. While the scholars had a variety of experiences and expressed a wide range of views, by and large these seem to lie on a spectrum defined on the two ends by what I venture to call a scholarly idealism on the one hand and an anti-scholarly entrepreneurialism on the other. The scholarly idealism stems from the PRC scholars’ Chinese educational subjectivity and manifests in their discontent against the overwhelming pragmatism of higher education in UIS/Singapore. Anti-scholarly entrepreneurialism seems to develop from the very disillusionment of this idealism, and it manifests in a militantly anti-scholarly discourse or attitude that devalues academic learning.


Educational desire Scholarly idealism Anti-scholarly entrepreneurialism Higher education pedagogy Chinese international students Singapore 


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  • Peidong Yang
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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