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Harvard Study: Racial Identity Formation, Self Hate, and 'White worship' among Asian American youth in High Schools



from angry asian man’s blog: Check out this piece by education columnist Jay Mathews in the Washington Post, examining a study by a student at Harvard on academics, ambition and Asian American identity formation: ‘Asian American Students and School Stereotypes’: 474 more words

asianamericangfonskype reblogged this on The Publication of the Private Diaries of an Asian American Girl Growing up in America and commented:

Research to back up my experience! I'm not crazy or alone in feeling the way I do. This study suggests that being associated with white is perceived to be beneficial for college. According to the researcher: "Among blacks, 'acting white' is socially stigmatized, but Asian students who 'act white' usually occupy the more socially prestigious positions. Because 'acting Asian' is equated with acting foreign or like a nerd, 'acting white' among Asian people becomes a source of pride, and is valued as the ability to assimilate into American society. While both performances are frequently practiced, the Asian students who 'acted white' are more likely to achieve extracurricular activity status within the school, which often led to admissions into more prestigious colleges." Tsai told me: "One of the most alarming features of my research was how Asian students who went to Harvard were very aware of and often shied away from having too many Asian friends. They saw having only white friends as sort of a badge of honor."


Yesterday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Yes, he is an iconic children’s book writer, and yes, he was a racist in his time. I really admire the letter these children’s parents wrote to their kids’ teacher/principal. 179 more words

Please Love Umma

Why appropriate?

There are some really great writings on anti-Blackness in Asian and Asian American communities that reassure me I’m not alone in my thoughts and experiences. … 1,732 more words


"Rugs are Oriental; people aren't."

Disclaimer: I’m just an Asian American teenage girl who hasn’t studied anthropology or Asian American history or even Asian history. These are simply my thoughts and reflections on a personal experience that invoked questions about my Asian American identity. 1,126 more words


Intergenerational Family Conflicts: Trying to Talk About Race in an Immigrant Family

By Grace Xu

There’s a spectrum of being assimilated into American culture, the starkest contrast being between first-generation and second-generation immigrants. From my point of view, first-generation immigrants still hold onto ideas that they grew up with in their native country, while second-generation immigrants become assimilated into the new country and lose ties with their parents’ country. 668 more words

Asian American

From the Green of Vietnam to Toes Painted with Nirvana

Susan Straight

They came here because of war, though people might not think of it that way when sitting down in the massage chair to have Anna Nguyen or Ly Ngo bend gracefully over their fingertips and sit with curved back over their feet. 1,596 more words


You're an Asian

After K.

You’re an Asian
They won’t come for you
Keep your head down
Seal your lips shut
Move your hands and feet
Dig your shovel… 125 more words