Asian American Education

Identities, Racial Issues, and Languages

Edited by:
Xue Lan Rong, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Russell Endo, University of Colorado

A volume in the series: Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans. Editor(s): Clara C. Park, California State University, Northridge. A. Lin Goodwin, Teachers College, Columbia University. Stacey J. Lee, City University of New York.

Published 2011

Asian American Education--Asian American Identities, Racial Issues, and Languages presents groundbreaking research that critically challenges the invisibility, stereotyping, and common misunderstandings of Asian Americans by disrupting "customary" discourse and disputing "familiar" knowledge. The chapters in this anthology provide rich, detailed evidence and interpretations of the status and experiences of Asian American students, teachers, and programs in K-12 and higher education, including struggles with racism and other race-related issues. This material is authored by nationally-prominent scholars as well as highly-regarded emerging researchers. As a whole, this volume contributes to the deconstruction of the image of Asian Americans as a model minority and at the same time reconstructs theories to explain their diverse educational experiences. It also draws attention to the cultural and especially structural challenges Asian Americans face when trying to make institutional changes.

This book will be of great interest to researchers, teachers, students, and other practitioners and policymakers concerned with the education of Asian Americans as well as other peoples of color.

Preface. 1. Tenth Grade Math Achievement of Asian Students: Are Asian Students Still the “Model Minority”?—A Comparison of Two Educational Cohorts, Claudia Galindo and Suet-ling Pong. 2. “Good Kids,” but “Poor Students”: The Academic Identities of Refugee High School Students From Vietnam’s Central Highlands, Liv Thorstensson Dávila. 3. Ethnicity, Language, and Educational Inequality: Challenges Confronting Hmong Students in American Public Schools, Yang Sao Xiong and Min Zhou. 4. Racial Transformations in Higher Education: Emergent Meanings of Asian American Racial Identities, Michelle Samura. 5. Asian Americans, “Critical Mass,” and Campus Racial Climate: A CRT Case Study, Oiyan A. Poon. 6. Teaching on the Edge: The Life Story of an Asian America Woman Literacy Professor in a Rural, Predominantly White University, Keonghee Tao Han. 7. What Accounts for Tenure of Asian American Faculty? Findings From NSOPF: 04, Wenfan Yan and Qiuyun Lin. 8. Negotiating Languages and Practices: Field Experience of a Preservice High School Teacher of Chinese, Yanan Fan. 9. Hidden Jewels: San Francisco Chinese Language Immersion Programs, María E. Torres-Guzmán, Christy Lao, and Yi Han. About the Authors.

"Not only does Asian American Education succeed in presenting different perspectives on Asian Americans and challenging the model minority image, but, as the authors show, each perspective is also nuanced, encompassing a range of experiences. Whether looking at educational achievement, racial identities, racism, or language use, the book directly confronts stereotypes of Asian Americans in education and society merely by moving beyond discourses of success. Describing the experiences of a diverse population is no easy task, and, despite their limitations, census reports and demographic studies of Asian Americans serve important roles. But this collection of articles, and similar ones in the field, complements the familiar narratives with more complexity and ultimately creates a richer and more accurate portrait of the race-related struggles that Asian Americans experience today." in Harvard Educational Review