ERIC Number: ED291181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
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Commonalities and Diversities among Asian Americans for Considerations in Special Education and Related Services.
Leung, Esther Kau-To
The paper examines diversities and commonalities among Asian Americans and draws implications relative to special education service for Asian minorities. The first section focuses on diversities and complexities in this group with subsections on origin, sociocultural background prior to migration, immigration and settlement history, degree and type of acculturation, and current status. Commonalities, especially among those of East and Southeast Asian origin, are discussed next. Noted is the important influence of similar socioeconomic status across different nationalities. Commonalities are discussed in subsections on: experiential background and minority status; world views based on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; values, beliefs, lifestyles, tradition, and custom; family and ethics; education, morals, and society; and other values, beliefs, and personality characteristics (such as caution, conservativeness, reticence, endurance, accommodation, hard work, and loyalty). Among implications for special education are the need for careful identification procedures, the need to be sensitive to parents' need to "save face" in the identification and evaluation process, culturally relevant programming especially in such areas as building self-concept and social skills, and parent-professional collaboration. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Parts of this paper were presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Ethnic and Multicultural Concerns Symposia (Dallas, TX, November 21-22, 1986).