- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Press; 1st edition (April 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080774574X
- ISBN-13: 978-0807745748
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Up Against Whiteness: Race, School, and Immigrant Youth 1st Edition
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―From the Foreword by Lois Weis, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
“In this thoughtful and accessible book, Stacey Lee continues to break new ground in helping us understand the complex lives of Asian American immigrant youth as they define themselves, and are defined by the power majority in the process of becoming ‘American.’”
A. Lin Goodwin, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Stacy Lee’s research illustrates the critical agency Hmong youth develop in their resistance to the racism they face daily in schools….this is a terrific book.”
Donna Deyhle, University of Utah
“This is exciting, provocative work.”
Nina Asher, Louisiana State University
“With compelling themes and rich ethnographic data, this book represents a significant contribution to the fields of multicultural education, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies.”
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From the Author
Stacey J. Lee is Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the author of Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth.
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Throughout the book, Professor Lee examines the disengagement between the traditional (Hmong) and Americanized (Hmong) students. Also, she examines the differing viewpoint of both the "mainstream teachers" and ESL teachers, regarding the Hmong and other minority students at the school.
This is an enlightening book that is extremely well written and, I would say, thoroughly documented and, on the whole, a very convincing portrayal of what it is like to be a minority (Hmong) student at University Heights High School.
No doubt this book (Up Against Whiteness: Race, School and Immigrant Youth) is a marvelous accomplishment for Professor Lee, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. What has impressed me the most is the way in which she achieved an objective treatment. Furthermore, there is hardly a page in which her treatment of the subject does not have the clarity, force, and fairness that comes from the fact that she places events in the context of historical perspective. In other words, she begins the book by giving an historical perspective on race relations in the United States that started with the Chinese and other minority groups during the early 1800s.
In summary, in reading this book, I was able to form a clear, well-balanced idea of the students, teachers, and faculty at University Heights High School. That being said, I would have to say that all in all, this is the most readable, fair, informative, and generally useful resource for students of ethnic history and an important reading for anyone interested in the history of race relations in America.