Undocumented Asian Immigrants: Securing Higher Education and Cultural Citizenship

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Abstract

This research investigates how undocumented Asian immigrants navigate the obstacles of higher education. It inquires how undocumented Asian immigrant students navigated the higher
education process and how institutional actors influenced their college experience, revealing the intimate interactions between undocumented students and the institutional actors. The political economy of their college application process is understood through the frameworks of liminal legality, narratives, cultural citizenship, borders and boundaries, and governmentality of migration, all of which frame the process of the data analysis. Through the interviews of college-graduated undocumented Asian immigrants and ethnography at a local high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, this research finds that institutional actors perform a critical role in the context of their higher education process,
inviting inclusionary and exclusionary spaces of belonging. Although many recent studies have illustrated the role of cultural citizenship manifest in the civic engagement of undocumented immigrants, few have seriously considered the intimate and structured terms of higher education access and process as a claim to cultural citizenship. The participants’ personal experiences with higher education is constructed in a political-social economy different from one person to another, producing versatile narratives of experiences of inclusion and exclusion in US society. By advocating for themselves, undocumented Asian students are claiming their rights to citizenship in the higher education process.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page
Acknowledgements…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6
1. Chapter I – Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………….7
a. Statement of the Problem……………………………………………………………………………..7
i. Purpose of the Study……………………………………………………………………….13
ii. Research Question………………………………………………………………………….13
iii. Theoretical Frameworks………………………………………………………………….14
iv. Methodology………………………………………………………………………………….14
v. Limitation of the Study……………………………………………………………………15
vi. Significance of the Study…………………………………………………………………16
vii. Definition of Terms…………………………………………………………………………17
2. Chapter II – Literature Review………………………………………………………………………………19
a. Narrative, Liminal Legality, Cultural Citizenship, Borders and Boundaries,
Governmentality of Migration…………………………………………………………………….19
i. Narrative and Liminal Legality…………………………………………………………20
ii. Cultural Citizenship………………………………………………………………………..22
iii. Borders and Boundaries and Governmentality of Migration…………………23
3. Chapter III – Results…………………………………………………………………………………………….28
a. Setting of the Study……………………………………………………………………………………28
b. Participants……………………………………………………………………………………………….28
c. Data Collection…………………………………………………………………………………………29
i. Ethnography…………………………………………………………………………………..29
ii. Interviews………………………………………………………………………………………30
d. Data Analysis……………………………………………………………………………………………30
e. Results……………………………………………………………………………………………………..31
i. Assessing their Illegality………………………………………………………………….31
ii. Problem-solving Institutional Barriers………………………………………………34
iii. Finding Mental Wellness…………………………………………………………………37
f. Summary………………………………………………………………………………………………….42

4. Chapter IV – Discussion, Conclusions, and Recommendations………………………………….43
a. Discussion………………………………………………………………………………………………..43
i. How do Undocumented Students Navigate the Higher Education
Process?…………………………………………………………………………………………43
ii. In What Ways do Institutional Actors Influence Their College
Experience?……………………………………………………………………………………46
1. California and Maryland: Institutional Aid………………………………47
2. Challenging Institutional Actors through Legislation………………..53
b. Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………….56
c. Recommendations……………………………………………………………………………………..57
i. Future Research……………………………………………………………………………..57
ii. Recommendation for Educational Practices and Policy for Institutional
Actors……………………………………………………………………………………………60
5. References…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..63
6. Appendixes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………66
a. Appendix A………………………………………………………………………………………………66
b. Appendix B………………………………………………………………………………………………68

Additional information

Author

Ka Kui Lee

No of Chapters

6

No of Pages

71

Reference

YES

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