New Book: Outward and Upward Mobilities: International Students in Canada, Their Families, and Structuring Institutions

Ann Kim’s (Sociology, YCAR) new co-edited book investigates the connections between students and institutions. Outward and Upward Mobilities: International Students in Canada, Their Families, and Structuring Institutions (University of Toronto Press, 2019) will be launched on Sept. 27 at an event featuring a panel discussion on international education in Canada with three of the book’s contributors and a business expert from the field.

The book’s co-editor, Min-Jung Kwak (Saint Mary’s University) will chair the panel.

Outward and Upward Mobilities is the culmination of Kim’s SSHRC, Academy of Korean Studies, and Population Change and Life Course Cluster-funded project, which was supported by the York Centre for Asian Research and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. York University book contributors include: Elena Chou (Sociology), Stella Dentakos (Psychology), Amira El Masri (Education), Ann Kim (Sociology), Sangyoo Lee (Social Work), Guida Man (Sociology), Jean Michel Montsion (Multidisciplinary Studies), Roopa Trilokekar (Education), Maxine Gallander Wintre (Psychology) and Lorna Wright (Schulich).

“Like other migrant groups, student mobility is a form of social mobility, and one that requires access from a host state,” says Kim. “But there are multiple institutions with which students interact and that influence the processes of social mobility. The collection features works by key scholars in the field that explores how international students and their families fare in local ethnic communities, educational and professional institutions, and the labour market.”

The panellists for the Sept. 27 launch include Roopa D. Trilokekar and Amira El Masri (Education), Vinitha Gengatharan (York International) and Margaret Walton-Roberts (Wilfrid Laurier University). The event begins at 10am in 280N York Lanes. All are welcome.

“I’m excited about the book’s release,” says Kim. “It presents an important aspect of international student life, of students’ interactions with that meso layer of groups and institutions, which often shape whether they have positive experiences and want to live in Canada or leave.”

Some collaborators on this book project are also involved in a new SSHRC-funded project that will shed light on the experiences of international students titled, Asian International Students to Canadian Universities: Examining the Racialization of Chinese, Indian and Korean Students in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Researchers are considering these students as migrants to specific communities, beyond their academic affiliation, by using the ways in which racialization affects them on and off-campus, and has repercussions on their migratory experiences and trajectories as a whole.

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*This story was also published in yFile on 24 September 2019: