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Internationalization in Action

Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion in Globalized Classrooms

Edited By Ching-Ching Lin and M. Cristina Zaccarini

Over the past few decades, there have been growing concerns about ways in which diversity and internationalization converge and diverge with one another across different types of educational institutions. This edited volume is one of the first books to investigate meaningful ways of integrating compe-ting goals between internationalization and diversification within the social fabric of campus life and beyond. Each chapter is a call to action that aims to leverage diversity for broader collaboration in higher education institutions in the U.S. and other sociocultural contexts, while providing insights into best practices in navigating diversity through strategic action plans. Each author challenges issues relating to the diversity efforts of internationalization across disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries as well as strategies to strengthen the campus communities’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In addition to its theoretical depth, as well as its cultural and disciplinary breadth, this book addresses issues relevant to many different stakeholders, and hence, potential readers in diverse and international settings. This book is of particular importance to those associated with globally mobile popula-tions, which include but are not limited to, academic faculty, higher education professionals as well as those in administrative positions and policy makers who wish to develop a critical perspective on the current practices on inter-nationalization to further their international efforts.

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8. Globalizing the American Classroom with Hong Kong and Bollywood Cinemas (Satish Kolluri and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee)

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Satish Kolluri and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

Today, the public in the United States is exposed to information from and about Asia on a daily basis. Stories from China tell of rapid economic transformation, human rights violations and an escalating trade war. Reports from India inform us of sectarian conflicts, grassroots democracy and business outsourcing. News from Northeast Asia focuses on the North Korean nuclear crisis. Reports from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq remind us of the U.S. involvement in the Middle East that is still ridden with wars, political intrigue and ethnic conflicts. Most students in the United States are less likely than their Asian counterparts to understand the broader global implications of these events because they have little or no knowledge of the peoples and places of Asia, of the vast continent’s diverse histories and cultures, and of its significance in world history and current affairs. Adding to this problem is the lack of scholarly attention to the importance of Asia in many universities’ liberal arts core curricula: with all emphasis on non-Western subject matter notwithstanding, these curricula do not as a rule require specialized courses on East or South Asia. Promoting a dialogue on Asian subject matter across disciplines will thus be beneficial for both faculty and students in the increasingly globalized educational setting of the 21st century. Against this intellectual backdrop, Pace University in New York City has purposefully advanced Asian studies in its undergraduate curriculum, and one signature specialty of such efforts includes...

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