Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Asia Pacific Studies

First Advisor

Brian Komei Dempster

Second Advisor

Evelyn Ch'ien


With Chinese economic reform, masses of people have moved from rural areas to cities to seek job opportunities, many bringing school-aged children along with them. This migration has promoted the development of urbanization, but also created many education problems for the inflow cities. This study uses government databases and interviews from migrant workers to compare education models of four cities: Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Jiangsu. In particular, this research analyzes the differences between public schools, private schools and migrant children educational experience in different cities. Moreover, the study attempts to find the optimal education model for this group and whether it is applicable to other cities. The findings reveal that even though the education model is unique for every city, the local government should eliminate household registration and increase education funding in order to ensure migrant children receive equal educational access.

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