This book explores how the recruitment and retention of Asian international students in Canadian universities intersects with other institutional priorities. Responding to the growing need for new insights and perspectives on the institutional mechanisms adopted by Canadian universities to support Asian international students in their academic and social integration to university life, it crucially examines the challenges at the intersection of two institutional priorities: internationalization and anti-racism. This is especially important for the Asian international student group, who are known to experience invisible forms of discrimination and differential treatment in Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The authors present new conceptualisations and theoretical perspectives on topics including international students’ experiences and understandings of race and racism, comparisons with domestic students and/or non-Asian students, institutional discourse and narratives on Asian international students, comparison with other university priorities, cross-national comparisons, best practices, and recent developments linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Foregrounding the institutional strategies of Canadian universities, as opposed to student experience exclusively, this direct examination of institutional responses and initiatives draws out similarities and differences across the country, compares them within the broader array of university priorities, and ultimately offers the opportunity for Canadian universities to learn from each other in improving the integration of Asian international students and others to their student body. It will appeal to teacher-scholars, researchers and educators with interested in higher education, international education and race and ethnic studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

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The Federalization of Education Migration: Redefining Success
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part Section I|71 pages

Institutional Contexts

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chapter 2|14 pages

For Students, Look East; For Partners, Look West

How Canadian Internationalization Strategies Portray Asia and Europe
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chapter 3|14 pages

Framing International Students from Asia in Ontario Universities

Provincial Priorities, Deficit-focused Services, and Economic Benefits
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chapter 4|14 pages

International Education Pipeline

An Analysis of British Columbia's University Transfer System
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part Section II|85 pages

Inclusion and Exclusion in Universities

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Assessments of Universities by International Students from Asia

Institutional Resources, Adjustment, Inclusion, and Safety
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chapter 7|13 pages

Between Intellectual Gateway and Intellectual Periphery

Chinese International Student Experiences
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chapter 10|13 pages

Pushed to the Periphery

Understanding the Multiple Forms of Exclusion Experienced by International Students from Asia
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chapter 11|15 pages

International Students from Asia Studying in Canada

A Review of Barriers to the Learning Experience by Revisioning Astin's I-E-O Model
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part Section III|81 pages

Anti-Asian Racism and the Politics of Race

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International Students from Asia at the University of Toronto

How Diversity Discourses Downplay Student Demographics
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chapter 13|14 pages

An East Coast Racial Reckoning

International Students and the Politics of Race at Dalhousie University
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chapter 14|15 pages

International Students from Asia in a Mid-sized Canadian University

A University of Manitoba Case Study
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Building on Success from the Bottom-up? Institutional Challenges, Racialized Experiences, and Opportunities for Further Research
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