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ERIC Number: ED179617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Thoughts on Research in Asian American Studies.
Kagiwada, George
The field of Asian American Studies was developed partially as a result of the recognition that the history and contemporary concerns of Asian Americans had been neglected or distorted as a field of academic inquiry. Because of its unprecedented nature, the difficulties involved in developing such a program at the University of California Davis campus were many. Two of the primary problems confronted were: (1) conflict between an emphasis on research as opposed to an emphasis on practical activities; and (2) the resulting dichotomy and conflict between the univeristy campus and Sacramento's Asian American community. The Asian American Studies program strived to resolve these conflicts through the formation of research guidelines which could be utilized to: (1) provide an accurate history of Asian Americans; (2) influence policy; (3) advocate and bring about change; (4) predict community needs; (5) facilitate an understanding of racism and race relations; (6) promote community pride and solidarity; and (7) develop curriculum activities. The involvement of the program in the case of Locke, a rural Chinese American community, illustrates how these guidelines have been adapted to an ongoing research situation. By following the guidelines, other research programs should be able to contribute to the strengthening of other Asian American communities. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Asian American Studies; California (Locke); California (Sacramento); University of California Davis
Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Asian American and Pacific Education Conference (San Francisco, California, April 25-27, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to reproduction quality of original document