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ERIC Number: EJ934713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Getting It Right: Schools and the Asian-American Experience
Wong, Vivian Wu
Independent School, v70 n2 Win 2011
As a history teacher and advocate for Asian and American students, the author is concerned about what appears to be waning interest in the study of multicultural education and racial politics. In particular, as independent schools become more diverse, as international Asian student populations continue to grow, and as people become increasingly invested in global education, independent school teachers need to be cautious about shifting away from more diverse surveys of American history in favor of more global perspectives. The author understands the growing interest in globally focused education as the world continues to shrink through improved connectivity. Yet, at the same time, she also sees how these new initiatives can provide a convenient "out" for schools when it comes to diversity work within their own communities. From the author's perspective, a diverse narrative of the American experience should take precedence over a broad global focus--since it can provide an important window through which all students can learn about the politics of race in this country while simultaneously helping Asian and Asian-American students from their own racial identities. Asian Americans have also been at the forefront of the struggle for civil rights in the U.S., especially during the 1970s and beyond. On college and university campuses across the country, Asian-American students were active in the Third World student strikes, the women's movement, and the anti-Vietnam war movement, and called for increased minority admissions, affirmative action programs, student support services, and ethnic studies. At the community level, Asian Americans have stood up for workers' rights, affordable housing, bilingual education, social services, bilingual ballots, and political representation, and they have continued to fight against stereotypes, anti-Asian violence, and English-only initiatives. The author contends that including a more nuanced and accurate history of Asian Americans in the U.S. should remain a priority. (Contains 4 notes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; United States