ERIC Number: ED366673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Culture: Communicating with Asian American Children and Families. ERIC/CUE Digest Number 94.
To explore the complexities of communication with Asian and Pacific Islander (API) children and their families, this digest describes the overt and covert dimensions of the various API cultures, and discusses API's socioeconomic background and the life experiences that affect their communication behavior. The general ethnic groups in the API community are Pacific Islanders (mainly Hawaiians, Samoans, and Guamanians), Southeast Asians (mostly Indochinese from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, and including Burmese and Filipinos), and East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans). It is important not to generalize an understanding of one group to another, and educators must identify differences in order to devise appropriate communication strategies. Overt culture includes belief systems and language, aspects of a culture that can be easily identified and studied. Covert culture is more subtle, and encompasses such aspects as the conception of time and communication. Suggestions are given for practitioners to enhance communication through the following: (1) personal reflection; (2) partnerships with community organizations; (3) information gathering; (4) parent involvement; (5) overcoming stereotypes of APIs; and (6) accurate evaluation of individual children. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Behavior Patterns, Beliefs, Children, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Ethnic Groups, Intercultural Communication, Pacific Americans, Parent Participation, Parents, Racial Differences, Stereotypes, Student Evaluation
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Teachers College, Box 40, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.