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Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youth / Edition 1
     

Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youth / Edition 1

by Jamie Lew, Jean Anyon
 

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ISBN-10: 0807746932

ISBN-13: 9780807746936

Pub. Date: 04/24/2006

Publisher: Teachers College Press

This book challenges the "model minority" stereotype of Asian American students as a critical step coward educating all children well. Focusing on Korean American youth in New York City schools, Jamie Lew compares high-achieving students attending an elite magnet high school with students who have dropped out of a neighborhood high school. She finds that class, race,

Overview

This book challenges the "model minority" stereotype of Asian American students as a critical step coward educating all children well. Focusing on Korean American youth in New York City schools, Jamie Lew compares high-achieving students attending an elite magnet high school with students who have dropped out of a neighborhood high school. She finds that class, race, social networks, parental strategies, and schooling resources all affect the aspirations and academic achievement of Asian American youth. This in-depth examination: Debunks the simplistic "culture of poverty" argument that is often used to explain the success of Asian Americans and the failure of other minorities. Illustrates how Asian Americans, in different social and economic contexts, negotiate ties to their families and ethnic communities, construct ethnic and racial identities, and gain access to good schooling and institutional support. Offers specific recommendations on how to involve first-generation immigrant parents and ethnic community members in schools to foster academic success. Looks at implications for developing educational policies that more fully address the needs of second-generation children.

About the Author:
Jamie Lew is an assistant professor of urban education at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807746936
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/24/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,007,604
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Jean Anyon     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Matters of Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Schools: A Structural Analysis of Asian American Achievement     1
Post-1965 Asian Americans: Changing Demographics     1
Co-Ethnic Networks, Social Capital, and Class     6
School Context: Significance of Institutional Resources     7
Becoming American: Salience of Class, Race, and Ethnicity     10
Asian Americans as a Model Minority: Revisiting the Stereotype     13
Post-1965 Korean Americans: Nationwide and in New York City     14
Research Sites and Methods     16
Organization of the Book     20
Growing Up with Immigrant Parents: Parental Strategies and Co-Ethnic Networks     23
Magnet High's Korean American Students: Parental and Co-Ethnic Support     27
Parental Expectations: Education as a Long-Term Investment     27
Parental Strategies: Class, Social Capital, and Schooling Resources     32
Role of the Korean Church: Reinforcing Values of Education, Language, and Ethnic Ties     33
Schooling Information and Support     38
Korean American High School Dropouts: Alone and Isolated     45
Parental Expectations: Limitations of Co-Ethnic Support     45
ParentalStrategies: Relying on Public Schools     50
Long-Term Investment in Education Versus Short-Term Income from Work: Reproduction of Social and Economic Inequality     55
Gaining Schooling Resources and Institutional Support: Peer Networks, Social Capital, and Identities     61
Magnet High's Korean American Students: Advancing Educational Opportunities     65
Academic High School Context: (Re)constructing Second-Generation Peer Networks     65
Accessing Schooling and Institutional Resources Through Second-Generation Peer Networks     71
Role of Second-Generation Peer Networks in Negotiating Parental Expectations and Identities     76
Becoming American: Class, Race, and Ethnicity     78
Education as a Racial Strategy     83
Korean American High School Dropouts: Overcoming Institutional Barriers     86
Poor, Isolated Urban High Schools: Limited Schooling and Guidance Support     86
Institutional Barriers to Accessing Schooling and Institutional Resources     89
Second-Generation Peer Networks: Resisting Failing Schools Through an Alternate Route     96
Becoming the "Other" Korean: Class, Race, and Ethnicity     98
Conclusion: Lessons from Korean American Communities     105
Implications for Education Policy     106
Salience of Race, Ethnicity, and Class      109
Future Research     111
References     113
Index     123
About the Author     133

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