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ERIC Number: ED496271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 304
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-57922-120-1
"Strangers" of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education
Li, Guofang, Ed.; Beckett, Gulbahar H., Ed.
Stylus Publishing, LLC
No less than other minorities, Asian women scholars are confronted with racial discrimination and stereotyping as well as disrespect for their research, teaching, and leadership, and are underrepresented in academia. In the face of such barriers, many Asian female scholars have developed strategies to survive and thrive. This book is among the first to examine their lived experience in Western academic discourses. It addresses the socio-cultural, political, academic, and personal issues that Asian female scholars encounter in higher education. The contributors to this book include first- and second-generation immigrants who are teachers and researchers in higher education and who come from a wide range of Asian nations and backgrounds. They combine new research and personal narratives to explore the intersecting layers of relationships that impact their lives--language, culture, academic discourses, gender, class, generation, and race. The book is replete with the richness and complexity of these scholars' struggles and triumphs in their professional and personal realms. After a Foreword (Shirley Geok-Lin Lim) and an Introduction entitled Asian Female Scholars' New Stories of Self: Re-constructing Culture and Identity in the Academy (Guofang Li), this book is divided into four parts. Part I, Asian Female Scholars in Context, contains the following chapters: (1) Asian Pacific American Women and Men in Higher Education: The Contested Spaces of Their Participation, Persistence, and Challenges as Students, Faculty, and Administrators (Shirley Hune); (2) Asian Male vs. Female College Students' Career Paths: Interaction of Gender and Race (Jaekyung Lee); and (3) Asian Women Faculty of Color: Theorizing Our Lived Experiences (Angel Lin, Ryuko Kubota, Su Motha, Wendy Wang, and Shelley Wong). Part II, Teaching Mentoring, Advising, and Securing Tenure, contains the following chapters: (4) Professing in a Non-Native Tongue: Narratives of Three Chinese-Speaking Women Faculty (Xiaoping Liang); (5) Mentors and Role Models: My Story of Being an Asian Female Faculty (Keiko Komiya Samimy); (6) Navigating Multiple Roles and Multiple Discourses: a Young Asian Female Scholar's Reflection on Supervising and Teaching Fellow Asian Students (Guofang Li); and (7) Asian Women Warriors of the Academia: Struggles and Strategies for Promotion (Chalsa Loo and Hsiu Zu Ho). Part III, Gaining Voice, Forming Identity, contains the following chapters: (8) Brown in Black-and-White: On Being a South Asian Woman Academic (Nina Asher); (9) the Self: Struggling with Model Minority Stereotype and Lotus Blossom Image (Eunai Shrake); (10) Within the Safe Haven of "Women's Studies": a Thai Female Faculty's Reflection on Identity and Scholarship; (11) Between the Worlds: Searching for a Competent Voice (Yan Guo); and (12) Modesty, Moderation, Passion, and Chutzpah: a Chinese-American Medical Professor Speaks (Gulbahar H. Beckett and Jianhua Zhang). Part IV, Building Bridges, Building Future, contains the final chapters: (13) The Road Less Traveled: an Asian Woman Immigrant Faculty's Journey Integrating Global Pedagogy into Teacher Education (Guichun Zong); (14) From Mentorship to Friendship, Collaboration, and Collegiality (Xue Lan Rong and Judith Preissle); and (15) Building Bridges, Working For A Better World (Jing Lin).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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