ERIC Number: ED404897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
The Social Construction of "Visible Minority" for Students of Chinese Origin.
Grayson, J. Paul; And Others
A survey and focus group study with students of Chinese origin at York University in Ontario (Canada) examined their attitudes toward the concept of "visible minority." Surveys of students conducted in 1992-94, as well as three focus group sessions conducted with 26 students of Chinese origin, have indicated that large numbers of students who spoke Chinese in their homes while growing up did not consider themselves members of a visible minority group. Focus group results indicated that many Chinese origin students did not rely exclusively on physiological characteristics such as color to ascribe visible minority status. Accent, perceived power of the group in question, numbers in the population, self-presentation, and cultural assertiveness were all seen as relevant criteria. Many students regarded visible minority as a derogatory term, and some opposed affirmative action programs because of fear of backlash, aversion to reverse discrimination, belief in merit as a basis for hiring, and ethnic pride. Overall, the results suggest that to a large number of Chinese origin students the term visible minority has a different meaning than the one researchers and policymakers assume. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ., Toronto (Ontario). Inst. for Social Research.
Identifiers - Location: Canada