Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education

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Highly respected scholar Robert Teranishi draws on his vast research to present this timely and compelling examination of the experience of Asian Americans in higher education. Asians in the Ivory Tower explores why and how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are important to our nation's higher education priorities and places the study of AAPI college participation within a broad set of conditions through which all students must navigate as they pursue higher education. Teranishi captures the ...

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Overview

Highly respected scholar Robert Teranishi draws on his vast research to present this timely and compelling examination of the experience of Asian Americans in higher education. Asians in the Ivory Tower explores why and how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are important to our nation's higher education priorities and places the study of AAPI college participation within a broad set of conditions through which all students must navigate as they pursue higher education. Teranishi captures the intersections of individual agency, social conditions, and organizational structures as synergetic forces that result in a range of postsecondary outcomes for subpopulations within the larger body of AAPIs. This seminal book transcends narrow generalizations about this understudied population.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807751312
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2010
  • Series: Language & Literacy Series , #43
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James A. Banks vii

Foreword Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

What's Wrong With a Positive Stereotype? 3

Purpose of the Book 5

Organization of the Book 7

Data Sources and Methodology 8

1 Transcending Conceptual Blockages 9

AAPIs and America's Equity Agenda 10

Race in Comparative Research 14

Destabilizing Conceptual Blockages 16

2 Students, Families, and the Pursuit of College 23

The Demography of the AAPI Population 26

Perceptions of Opportunities and Challenges 39

3 The Community Context 51

Portraits of AAPI Communities 52

Segregated or Integrated? 59

Hmong and The "Outside World" 63

"For Chinese, It's Subliminal: It's All About College" 69

4 Secondary Schools and Postsecondary Opportunities 76

Race, Class, and School Inequality 77

Access to Quality Schooling for AAPI Students 80

Wilson High School, San Francisco 85

Hoovet High School, Vallejo 39

Hancock High School, Sacramento 93

5 Predictors of College Participation 98

Trends in AAPI College Enrollment 100

Beyond a Single Story: AAPI Precollege Postsecondary Preparation 108

AAPI College Enrollment Disaggregated 114

6 AAPI Degree Attainment and Field Representation 122

Degree Attainment Among AAPIs 124

"We're Not All Science Majors" 128

AAPIs in the Education Sector 131

Strategies to Improve the AAPI Education Pipeline 142

Conclusion: Beyond a Single Story 145

Transcending Categories and Boundaries 145

The Need for More and Better Research 148

An Essential Missing Link 149

Appendix A Data Sources and Methodology 151

Appendix B Data Instruments: Individual and Group Interview Protocol 157

Appendix C Languages Spoken in Asian Countries 161

Notes 163

References 167

Index 181

About the Author 193

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