Harvard Educational Review
  1. Summer 2021 Issue »

    Interior China as the (Desired) Destination

    Educational Mobilities, the Reflexive Project of the Self, and Ethnic Han Youth with Tibet Household Registration

    Miaoyan Yang
    In this article, Miaoyan Yang examines the identity struggles of a group of youth from China’s majority ethnic Han group. As children of “in-Tibet cadres,” these Han youth were deemed “privileged” in their educational opportunities as compared with both Han students from interior China and ethnic Tibetan minority students from Tibet whose first language was not Chinese. This was because at young ages they could move to economically developed interior cities for their secondary education through a state-run Interior Tibet Class program. While participation in this program ensured these students’ placement in China’s key universities, the price of the privilege included continual involuntary relocations, long-term separation from their home communities, a sense of insecurity and marginalization, and emotional alienation from their parents. This study engages the theory of the reflexive project of the self by discerning how mobility and politics impact the place-making and life planning of individuals in their identity constructions.

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    Miaoyan Yang (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9463-9806) is an associate professor in the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Xiamen University, China. As a researcher of minority education, she has a particular interest in the Tibetan, Uyghur, and Mongolian ethnic minority communities, employing them to showcase ethnic politics in China with reference to issues like education, mobility, citizenship, ethnicity, identity, and culture. Yang is the author of Learning to Be Tibetan: The Construction of Ethnic Identity at Minzu University of China (Lexington, 2017) as well as a number of articles published in the China Quarterly, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Asian Studies Review, and Citizenship Studies, among other journals. She was a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholarship recipient for 2018–2019.
  2. Summer 2021 Issue


    “When I Show Up”
    Black Provosts at Predominantly White Institutions
    Russell S. Thacker and Sydney Freeman Jr.

    Book Notes

    Common-Sense Evidence
    Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway

    Designing Constructionist Futures
    edited by Nathan Holbert, Matthew Berland, and Yasmin B. Kafai

    The Education Trap
    Cristina Viviana Groeger

    Myisha Cherry