Desiring an Education: Scholarly Idealism and Anti-scholarly Entrepreneurialism
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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.