In this Asia Research Brief, Guanglong Pang shares his research on the pursuit of international higher education (IHE) among both elite and non-elite Chinese families. Greater access challenged the old symbolic links between it and social stratification. What was once solely the domain of elite families, IHE has seen the greatest growth of participation from families in the middle class who see it as an investment in the future. Yet despite the changes, the stratified system of IHE participation has found ways to resist change.
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*Guanglong is currently a doctoral student in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University.
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