ERIC Number: ED220555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
America's New Scapegoat: A Brief Study of American-Indochinese Student Relationships in a California Public High School.
Schreiber, Martha J.
American students (mostly white) at a public high school in Stockton, California responded to written questionnaires and oral interviews on their attitudes toward and relationships with Indochinese students in their school and community. The data showed that tension and hostility exist between American and Indochinese students, with 52 percent of the Americans expressing negative views toward the Indochinese. Most of the respondents expressed the opinion that easing the existing language barrier was necessary to ease tensions. High levels of contact between Americans and Indochinese were found to be correlated with positive American attitudes toward the Indochinese; conversely, moderate to low levels of contact were correlated with negative attitudes. It was suggested that non-exposure or low levels of contact perpetuate ill-feelings and racial tension. Hence it was proposed that by increasing levels of exposure and contact between American and Indochinese students, the number of American students with positive opinions about the Indochinese would be increased as well. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (Stockton)