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Siqi Tu’s research was featured in Sixth Tone – Dropping in on China’s ‘Parachute Generation’

Siqi Tu (Alum) 

Siqi’s research was featured in Sixth Tone: Dropping in on China’s ‘Parachute Generation’


The summer Zhang Lingli turned 14, she left her family in the southern city of Guangzhou behind and began a new life at a private high school in Virginia.

It didn’t go according to plan. Zhang — to protect the identities of my research participants, I have given them all pseudonyms — quickly found that making friends with Americans was not as easy as she’d hoped, and that she had no interest in the parties or American football games enjoyed by her classmates. The scope of her social life soon shrunk to the classroom, dorm, and canteen, broken up by the occasional jailbreak-like trip with her Chinese friends to New York City for bubble tea and manicures.

From 2005 to 2015, the number of Chinese teens attending American high schools soared, from 637 to over 46,000 a year. In the United States, they’re sometimes referred to as “parachute kids,” separated from their parents, and dropped by plane onto unfamiliar territory.

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Simone Kolysh secured a contract with Rutgers University Press for their upcoming book

Simone Kolysh (‘2019)

Secured a contract with Rutgers University Press for their upcoming book Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People, to be published in August, 2021.

They recently wrote a blog post titled “The Streets Belong to All of Us: Dismantling Violence in the Public Sphere” for an Australian organization fighting street harassment:

And they followed it up with a short interview about their work seen here:

Jane McAlevey (alum) was profiled in The New Yorker – “Jane McAlevey’s Vision of the Future of American Labor”

Jane McAlevey (‘2015) was profiled in The New Yorker with a heady title: “Jane McAlevey’s Vision of the Future of American Labor.” It touts her newest book and refers to her as coach and chronicler of the labor union movement.

On Monday, January 14, 2019, Los Angeles’s thirty-four thousand public-school teachers went on strike. They demanded smaller classes (classrooms had as many as forty-six students), a full-time nurse in every school, modest pay increases, and a cap on the district’s rapidly growing number of charter schools. Four days later, Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (U.T.L.A.), spoke to sixty thousand educators, parents, and community members who were gathered in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park. “U.T.L.A., do you feel your power?” he bellowed. “We have never been at a more critical moment for public education. You all know this, that brewing for a very long time has been a movement to privatize our schools, and it is here now, trying to take over L.A. If we allow this movement to win, then our schools will be privatized, our students will have less equity and less access, and our jobs and our health care will be attacked. Are we going to let that happen?” “No,” the crowd roared in response, stretching one syllable to three.

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