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ERIC Number: EJ782453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0091-732X
Chapter 4: Contesting the Model Minority and Perpetual Foreigner Stereotypes--A Critical Review of Literature on Asian Americans in Education
Ng, Jennifer C.; Lee, Sharon S.; Pak, Yoon K.
Review of Research in Education, v31 n1 p95-130 2007
There are several aims of this literature review. At its basic level, the authors' goal is to provide readers with content knowledge of the educational research on Asian Americans, highlighting important findings and key studies in the field. It is their goal to identify themes and trends and look to important future directions as a whole, specifically examining the collective effect of a wide range of studies rather than focusing on a singular work or narrow subfield. Through the review, their second goal is to reveal the severely limited representations of Asian Americans as model minorities and cultural foreigners in educational research. The educational community needs to critically assess these representations and understand the deleterious impact they have on Asian American students and faculty/teachers. Their third goal is to examine new directions of research that show the complexity of Asian American identities and experiences, which cannot be simply reduced to individual merit or cultural value alone. Asian Americans are a heterogeneous and hybrid group who defy easy categorization. By employing intersectional approaches, this research refuses to reduce Asian Americans to simplistic caricatures but shows how the myriad factors of ethnicity, language, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, sexuality, and the like affect Asian American experiences. The authors' final goal is to listen to the voices of Asian American students and teachers as they themselves struggle to make sense of racialized expectations and messages and negotiate their own experiences. Because racism persists toward Asian Americans and is evident in simplistic notions, the authors embrace an antiracist approach. Although postmodern interpretations offer a lens through which to appreciate the rich complexity of Asian Americans, they do not adequately address the necessity of political unity to challenge anti-Asian racism. Thus, the authors' analysis is one that does not abandon the concepts of race and racism but seeks to center Asian American voices and experiences in negotiation and resistance to these structures. (Contains 6 notes.)
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