Asian-American Education: Prospects and Challenges

Asian-American Education: Prospects and Challenges

Asian-American Education: Prospects and Challenges

Asian-American Education: Prospects and Challenges


This survey for educators of all grade levels provides vivid descriptions of how each of seven major Asian-American ethnic groups is faring in public schools both linguistically and socioculturally, and gives practical suggestions and effective strategies for teachers.


Over the last three decades, the number of Asian immigrants has increased almost six fold, from a mere 0.5% of the U.S. population in 1960 (877,934) to 2.9% (7,237,662) in 1990. At the same time, the ethnic composition has become increasingly diversified from what was once a primarily East Asian population to an extremely diverse group comprised of various Asian groups with diverse linguistic and sociocultural backgrounds.

Today, in 1999, Asian-Americans comprise nearly 4% of the U.S. population. However, there is still a dearth of literature on the education of Asian-American students available for use by educators of all grade levels. It is the intent of this book to provide the much-needed information on Asian- American students and to help shape the educational programs, practices, and policies for Asian-American students.

Asian-American Education: Prospects and Challenges was first conceived at the annual conference of National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education held in San Francisco in the spring of 1996. Subsequently, we invited experts in the field to contribute chapters on the linguistic and sociocultural aspects of Asian-American education. Many of the contributors are immigrants themselves and have lived through many of the experiences discussed in this book. Additionally, each contributor, as a teacher educator or an educational practitioner, is intimately aware of both the prospects and challenges of educating the particular Asian group he or she discusses.

As the fast comprehensive survey of major Asian-American groups for educators, this book expounds upon both the linguistic and sociocultural aspects of seven Asian-American groups: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Hmong, and Vietnamese. There are two chapters on each of the seven Asian-American groups, one linguistic and one sociocultural. This book . . .

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