A Postmodern Psychology of Asian Americans: Creating Knowledge of a Racial Minority / Edition 1

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Challenges existing paradigms of knowledge as they relate to Asian Americans.
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...probes researchers' power to create and limit reality and provides moving narratives illustrating the knowledge obtained by hearing the voices, and perspectives, of study participants themselves. Uba's arguments are compelling.— CHOICE

"Laura Uba writes with a grace and passion that engages the reader in a way that challenges our existing paradigms of understanding knowledge as it pertains to Asian Americans. She convincingly describes how the Enlightenment view of science was born in a context of viewing Euro-Americans as 'normal' and ethnic minority groups as 'other,' and how this attitudinal perspective has shaped scientific method and theory of 'other.' Uba offers numerous examples that help explain complex constructs."— Christine J. Yeh, Teachers College, Columbia University

"This book is very significant and may lead to the development of new methods and areas of study for Asian Americans."— Gayle Y. Iwamasa, University of Indianapolis"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791452967
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2002
  • Series: SUNY Series, Alternatives in Psychology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Uba is a lecturer at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Asian Americans: Personality Patterns, Identity, and Mental Health and coauthor, with Karen Huang, of Psychology.

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Table of Contents



1. Modernist Epistemology

2. Postmodernism

3. Privileged Methodological Texts and Narratives

4. Construction of Race and Culture

5. Acculturation and Assimilation

6. Ethnicity and Identity

7. Conclusion

Appendix A: Traditional Types of Psychological Studies

Appendix B: Deconstructing in the Classroom



Name Index

Subject Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    Complete eye opener

    Uba does a good job at exposing Modernism flaws in developing accurate research of Asian Americans. This book is loaded with insight on such a broad and complex issue as Postmodernity. She goes into dialectic discourse to show that empiricism and the Scientific method are, actually, not value neutral and objective. As a principle, power works through knowledge indirectly, which was used to exploit many throughout history. The attitude of epistemic priveldge over others was incarnated by the birth child of the enlightenment period, nameley, modernity. This book is a great resource for both Modern and Postmodern proponents alike.

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