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ERIC Number: ED434077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 28
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Construction of Asian American Cultural Space in Elementary Reading.
Huang, Carol
Currently, culturally sensitive teaching of Asian Americans is basically confined for the most part to the college level. Asian American studies programs have become the site for Asian Americans to relearn, redefine, even regain their identity. This paper seeks to apply the knowledge and scholarship developed in Asian American studies in the past 20 years, which includes history, community, and literature, to an early elementary level reading class in an attempt to nurture an Asian/Pacific American point of view at an early age. Through analysis of themes such as migration and family history in Asian/Pacific American children's literature, the paper offers a critique of the underlying ideology and school practices from an Asian American's point of view. It also addresses strategies for countering the mainstream media's impact on Asian American children. The paper considers the construction of Asian American identities in three major categories: (1) mass media representations; (2) Pan-Asian identity; and (3) the model minority. It addresses Asian Americans' immigration history after 1965 at the time of the formation of American "white" suburbs and the most recent emerging "ethnoburbs." (Contains 4 notes and a 44-item bibliography.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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