Casualties, contributors, competitors or commodities? : images of the Asian international student population in Australia : reflecting notions of 'national identity'

Burke, Rachel Jean (2004). Casualties, contributors, competitors or commodities? : images of the Asian international student population in Australia : reflecting notions of 'national identity' PhD Thesis, School of Education, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Burke, Rachel Jean
Thesis Title Casualties, contributors, competitors or commodities? : images of the Asian international student population in Australia : reflecting notions of 'national identity'
School, Centre or Institute School of Education
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Prof. Carmen Luke
Prof. Allan Luke
Prof. Kam Louie
Total pages 431
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subjects L
13 Education
Formatted abstract

The International Student Program is an established component of the Australian education system. Every year, the Program facilitates the entry of scholars from all over the world to pursue tertiary studies at Australian institutions. Within this overseas student body, nationals from countries located in the Asian region constitute a significant proportion . Various studies have documented the expansion of overseas student enrolments and examined the associated economic and educational implications. However, an important issue yet to be addressed is how Australian newspaper texts have narrated the presence of this significant demographic group. This research examines the images and roles that have been ascribed to Asian international students within Australian media texts. In the course of my investigation, four main images of Asian international students became apparent which I classified according to media ascribed student characteristics: the Asian international student as Casualty, Contributor, Competitor, and Commodity models. Utilizing these narratives as the basis for an innovative approach to researching Asian international student representations, this thesis aims to show that the four models serve to communicate valuable information about concepts of Australian national identity. Importantly, I argue, whether viewed discreetly or in unison, these textual constructions are inadequate descriptions of the student group itself. Rather, in assigning certain roles and characteristics to international students, these four models covertly contrast the local population with Asian international students. In doing so, each model creates a particular narrative of Australian identity-a simplified or stylized representation of reality-resulting in four contrasting versions of "imagined community'' (Anderson , 1 983).

Keyword Asian students -- Australia -- Public opinion
Asian students -- Australia -- Press coverage
National characteristics, Australian -- Public opinion
Students, Foreign -- Australia -- Public opinion
Students, Foreign -- Australia -- Press coverage

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