The Inclusion and Representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in America’s Equity Agenda in Higher Education

Authored by: Robert T. Teranishi , Loni Bordoloi Pazich

Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415899956
eBook ISBN: 9780203155721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136581410


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Utilizing critical race theory (CRT), this chapter examines the ways in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are positioned in mainstream discourse on access and equity in American higher education. More specifically, this chapter demonstrates how existing tenets of CRT (e.g., interest convergence, intersectionality, and social justice) play a role in understanding the positionality of the AAPI population relative to key debates about race and the stratification of college opportunities. This chapter demonstrates that the study of AAPIs—particularly through the lens of CRT—is relevant to understanding the changing contours of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the twenty-first century.

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