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ERIC Number: ED224377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Another Look at the Melting Pot: Asian-American Undergraduates at the University of Maryland, College Park. Research Report #14-79.
Minatoya, Lydia Yuriko; Sedlacek, William E.
Demographic characteristics and attitudes of Asian-American undergraduates at the University of Maryland, College Park, were studied. A random sample of 139 Asian-American students responded to a 51-item questionnaire, with a return rate of 81 percent. Seventy-five percent of the 86 male and 53 female respondents had resided for the longest period of time in the Mid-Atlantic States, and 85 percent reported having grown up in neighborhoods where the racial composition was less than 25 percent their race. Respondents in the fields of arts and humanities, social sciences, and general sciences (39 percent of the sample) perceived more differential treatment due to racial background than did students in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering, agriculture, and allied health (54 percent of the sample). Those respondents whose fathers, grandfathers, or great-grandfathers were the first generation to be born in the United States tended to experience feelings of racial conspicuousness less strongly than respondents who were first-generation Americans (about 50 percent of the respondents) or were in a family with no one born in the United States. Despite findings of racial isolation of the respondents, six factors suggest the continuing importance of Asian values: interracial contact, differential treatment at the university toward minority group students in general and Asian students in particular, seeing hard work and perseverance as important to success, awareness of racial conspicuousness in group and individual situations, inhibition of self-expression in public, and familial responsibility to bring honor to the family name. (SW)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Chinese Culture, College Desegregation, Cultural Isolation, Ethnic Distribution, Ethnic Relations, Ethnicity, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Immigrants, Institutional Research, Neighborhood Integration, Racial Factors, Racial Relations, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Undergraduate Students, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park
Note: This report was identified by a joint project of the Institute on Desegregation at North Carolina Central University and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education at The George Washington University.