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Autoethnographies of Asian International Graduate Students
 in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri, April 9, 4:10 to 5:40pm EDT (4:10 to 5:40pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans Paper and Symposium Sessions


The multiplicity and intersectionality of international students’ identities and the heterogeneity of their lived experience are understudied topics in existing literature. Especially during COVID-19, the experiences of international students’ isolation, uncertainty, and economic/emotional hardships remain silenced by dominant narratives. Using autoethnography as our methodology and transnationalism and AsianCrit as our conceptual framework, we, as international doctoral students from China and South Korea, draw on self-narratives to examine our lived experiences in the U.S. These narratives collectively (1) demonstrate our personal, academic, and social experiences shaped by our racial and transnational backgrounds, (2) highlight the need for the public to recognize the vulnerabilities and dilemmas faced by Asian international students, (3) aim to empower fellow international students to tell their stories.