ERIC Number: ED413370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
We Could Shape It: Organizing for Asian Pacific American Student Empowerment. An Occasional Paper.
Kiang, Peter Nien-chu
This paper examines how Asian Pacific American high school students struggle to gain social support, cultural affirmation, and political empowerment. Four distinct case studies are highlighted: (1) an urban elite public school in which entrance is by examination; (2) an urban nonelite neighborhood public school; (3) a wealthy suburban public school; and (4) the Conference/Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth, a project of students supported by university and community resources outside of school. Participant observation and interviews with students in each setting illustrate Asian Pacific American students in a variety of institutional contexts. The first three cases illustrate the ways through which students in specific school settings analyze and respond to critical issues that affect them, including racial harassment, the need for bilingual and bicultural support services, and stereotypes in the curriculum. In each of these three schools, the students' commitments to organize and make positive changes are not shared by adults, and the changes are not made. In the fourth case, students from the collaborative, community-based effort work to organize a regional conference for Asian Pacific American youth. Strong adult support contributed to their success. Lessons from the failures and successes of these case studies suggest how educators, parents, and community members can support students' efforts more effectively. (Contains 25 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Asian Americans, Case Studies, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, High School Students, High Schools, Organizational Change, Pacific Americans, Racial Discrimination, Social Support Groups, Student Empowerment, Suburban Schools, Urban Schools
Institute for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393; phone: 617-287-5650; fax: 617-287-5656; e-mail: asian email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Inst. for Asian American Studies.
Note: A version of this paper was published under the same title in "Cherished Dreams: Educating Asian Pacific American Children," edited by Li-Rong Lilly Cheng and Valerie Ooka Pang, State University of New York Press, 1996.