The Impact of Ethnic Identity on Educational Constraints: A Dilemma for Diaspora Hui University Students in China
AdvisorBurross, Heidi Legg
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AbstractThis paper explored the process of identity formation among the Hui national minority, particularly focusing on Hui students who live and study within the majority group. Given that Hui's tradition derived from its mixed blood is often misinterpreted by others in interactions with outgroup members, it is necessary to explore Hui students' opinions of their ethnicity in public school, the way that they construct their ethnic identity, and how identity varies among Hui students and thus affects their academic performance. Results showed that in the group of Hui students who reported their GPA, ethnic identity and self-esteem negatively predicted GPA. Self-esteem failed to act as a moderator in the prediction of GPA, but it did mediate the prediction of their aspiration for higher education. Differences between ethnic identity only existed between Hui students in central and northwest of China. Additional analysis and information from interviews showed that Hui students do have experiences in which they are misinterpreted by other groups, and Hui ethnicity does affect their life.
Degree ProgramGraduate College