“What's the Point When We Can't Even Afford a Home?”
Competition, Competence, and Agency Among Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese Tertiary Students
This paper examines these issues of competition, competence, and agency (socioeconomic, political) from the perspective of tertiary students from Hong Kong or mainland China, in the aftermath of the 2014 Umbrella Movement struggles. Utilizing a critical sociocultural framework, this paper reports on a study that conducted individual and focus group interviews with students across different campuses, with an emphasis on how they articulated their views on pedagogy, empowerment, and futures. Drawing from the author’s previous research on similar issues with Chinese students in North America, this paper nuances notions of the Chinese learner, Confucian values and ethics, and student agency across the Chinese diaspora. Ultimately, this paper generates implications for teacher education, Chinese studies, and educational equity.