ERIC Number: EJ1141344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Hearing Their Voices: Asian American College Students' Perspectives on Sport and Physical Education
Lee, Yomee; Hokanson, James F.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, v8 n2 p179-190 2017
Although Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority in the USA with over 18 million in population, and have a long history, they remain underrepresented in sport and physical education. As we are living in a world that is becoming more diverse and multicultural, it is important to learn about the cultural meanings and significance of sport and physical education to Asian Americans, particularly as they are constantly marginalised and otherised. The purpose of this paper is to "hear the voices" of Asian American college students. To enable this, qualitative research methods were employed to delve into the complexities of racial dynamics related to the sporting experiences of Asian American men and women (N = 10). The setting of the study was at a predominately White (anglosaxon) university in the Northeastern part of the USA. In this research, Asian American college students talk about how sport and physical education serve as a bridge that connects them with two different worlds, a tool that gives them lifelong skills, and a way to influence others as role models. Their stories reveal useful cultural knowledge and information that may serve as a powerful pedagogical tool for those in sport and physical education.
Descriptors: Asian Americans, College Students, Student Attitudes, Physical Education, Athletics, Qualitative Research, Cultural Differences, Racial Composition, Whites, Skill Development, Cultural Awareness, Acculturation, Racial Bias, Gender Issues, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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