Beyond Essentialism: AsianCrit as a Theoretical Framework for Culturally-Responsive Evaluation

Session Number: 1563
Track: Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Presenter 1: Annelise N. Smith [Washington State University]
Time: Oct 15, 2014 (07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Centennial E, Poster 153

Level: None

Session Abstract:  In order to expand our understanding of the complex and unique experiences of Asian Americans, this paper will introduce Asian Critical Race Theory, or AsianCrit, as a theoretical framework for culturally-responsive evaluation. Highlighting several important issues, including nativistic racism and the model minority myth, this presentation will discuss how the social construction of Asian Americans as one homogeneous "other" can be extremely problematic, masking racial/ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status and educational attainment amongst a community with tremendously diverse histories, immigration patterns, and cultures. Discussion will also center around how AsianCrit can be an important tool for improving CRE practices by moving beyond essentialism and giving voice to the experiences of Asian American ethnic groups.