ERIC Number: ED253612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Angel Island: The Education of Asian Americans. ERIC/CUE Urban Diversity Series. Number 90, Winter 1985.
Tsang, Sau-Lim; Wing, Linda C.
Noting the lack of a comprehensive body of knowledge about Asian American educational achievement and attainment, this document examines recent national data in order to develop an empirical profile of the educational status of Asian American secondary and postsecondary students. According to the data, higher proportions of Asian Americans than of Whites are enrolled in school between the ages of 3 and 34. And Asian American students score higher on mathematics tests than White students and lower on tests of verbal skills, science, and analytical skills. It is argued that, while the average Asian American student does appear to be doing well, those who are recent immigrants or whose best language is not English may be experiencing problems, and that attention to their needs is warranted. Three factors are identified as accounting for the trends in the data: U.S. immigration and refugee policies; the time spent on learning by Asian American students; and historical labor market discrimination and Asian American sensitivity to job openings under equal employment opportunity conditions. None of the three factors is regarded as being endemic to Asian Americans; all are seen as having implications for the schooling of other students. It is concluded that there is an urgent need for current information on the educational status of specific groups of Asian American students whether by ethnicity, nativity, length of U.S. residence, geographical location, grade level, or school. (RDN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Asian American Students, Demography, Educational Attainment, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Homework, Immigrants, Influences, Intellectual Disciplines, Mathematics Achievement, Minority Group Children, Postsecondary Education, Refugees, Secondary Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.; ARC Associates, Inc. Oakland, CA.