ERIC Number: ED221629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Minority Student Response to the Anthropology of Asian Black Populations. Revised.
Warren, Charles P.
Since 1970, the University of Chicago has offered three undergraduate anthropology courses on Philippine Negrito and Malay and Thai aboriginal black populations. Between 1975 and 1981, 72 students, including American blacks, Filipinos, and other Asians, attended the courses. The instructor's observations of students' responses to the courses indicated that minority students responded negatively to presentations of nudity, poverty, and lack of hygiene among the groups being studied, and to the generally racist treatment of Asian black groups in the anthropological literature. To a great extent, rejection of Asian anthropology courses by minority students can be attributed to the quality of anthropology that has been practiced by its contributors in their writings on Southeast Asia. What is needed is a high quality of anthropology that questions the assumptions that all Negrito populations may be lumped together as one group. Instead, each group should be identified by the name the group calls itself, described by phenotype and genotype, and recognized as having a distinct culture. Thorough and methodologically-sound ethnography/ethnology must be developed to replace inaccurate generalizations offered by previous investigations, and to provide non-racist material that can be used to train perceptive and sensitized students. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Asian Blacks
Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (34th, Chicago, IL, April 2-4, 1982).