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ERIC Number: ED410345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 47
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Asian Students and Multiethnic Desegregation.
Orfield, Gary; Glass, Diane
Asian students are the most successful racial group in American schools, and this success has led to the model minority stereotype. However, the question of Asian students and school segregation is seldom examined, largely because of the traditional academic success of Asian students. This study compares the level of racial segregation Asian students face in comparison with other minority groups. Major Asian ethnic groups in the past experienced severe discrimination in areas in which they were concentrated, but the present situation is very much in flux. Aggregate statistics do not capture the emergence of significant trends of low-income Asian students having severe trouble in school, especially recent immigrants from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Some recent refugee and immigrant groups are clustered in areas where concentrations of low-income Asians have produced schools with severe educational and social problems. Data from the Common Core of Data for the 1991-1992 school year and other sources show that nearly 61% of the nation's Asian students attend school in just four states, California, New York, Hawaii, and Texas. The differences between issues facing other minorities and those facing Asian students combined with the diversity of the Asian populations means that any simplistic effort to extend desegregation policies designed for African Americans in the South to Asians in multiethnic cities will not be successful. Results of various studies show that there are some Asian communities that now have serious segregation. It would not be correct, however, to treat all Asians as disadvantaged minorities. The best procedure for designing approaches to desegregation will be to analyze each of the Asian subgroups separately. It will also be important to separate the short-term needs of new immigrants from the long-term necessities of those who have been in the United States a while. (Contains 3 figures, 13 tables, and 15 reference.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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