1st Edition

Early Childhood and the Asian American Experience Exploring Intersectionality and Addressing Misrepresentations

    208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This essential and urgent book presents research-based understandings about Asian American early childhood, bringing to light the battle Asian Americans face against American nativism from their early years’ experiences. The first of its kind in academic literature, the book addresses the well-known issue of underrepresentation of Asian Americans in early childhood education research and practice, and in American society in general. Using the intersectionality and multiple identities perspectives, the authors explore a myriad of inaccurate cultural perceptions and misrepresentations, centering within-group differences among Asian American children and giving particular attention to disempowered groups among them. Issues related to socioeconomic status, gender, dis/abilities, linguistic backgrounds, and minority groups among Asian American populations are addressed, with implications for researchers and educators as well as context for examining the policies that cause inequities among Asian American children. This book is key reading for early childhood education researchers, professors, and graduate students to become more productively engaged in discussions and practices toward racial justice.

    Acknowledgements

     

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Framework for Asian American Early Childhood Education

                  Introduction of the Introduction

                  Asian American Early Childhood

                                 The “Model Minority” Stereotype

                                 Cultural Emphasis on Education in Asian Communities

                                 Languages of Asian American Early Childhood

                                 Nuances of Lack of Representation

                  Theoretical Influences for This Book

                                 Asian Traditional Values and Asian American Parenting Practices

                                 Our Review of AsianCrit based on Early Childhood Education Perspectives

                                 Alternative Theories for Asian American Early Childhood Education

                  Designing a New Framework for this Book: Intersectionality of Asian American Early Childhood

                                 Cultural Dimensions of Asian American Early Childhood

                                 Representation of Asian American Children

                                 Intersectionality and Socioeconomic Realities in Asian American Early Childhood Education

    Navigating Our Research Lens: Our Reflexivity and Positionality for This Significant Book

     

    Chapter 2. Suda (수다) about Asian Beliefs for Early Childhood Research and Practice

                  Introduction

                  The Suda Approach of Korean American Early Childhood Scholars’ Research and Practice

                                 What is Suda?

                                 Suda as Theoretical Framework of Korean American Early Childhood Scholars

                                 Suda as Research Methods of Korean American Early Childhood Scholars

                                 Former Research with Suda in Korean American Families with Young Children

                                               Suda for Children’s Exploration of Racial/cultural Identity and Racism

                                               Suda Examining Our Own Early Education Practice

                                               Suda in Play-Based Family Literacy Practice in Korean American Families          

                  Other Early Childhood Approaches Based On Asian Traditional Beliefs

                                 Eco-Early Childhood Education in Korea

                                 An Inclusion Approach through Confucian Beliefs in Hong Kong

                                 Thich Nhat Hanh’s Interbeing for Understanding Immigrant Children’s Lived Experiences

                                 Explaining Play in the East Indian Context with Hindu

                  Conclusion

                 

    Chapter 3. Understanding Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Asian American Children: Evolving Perspectives and Imperatives

                  Current State of Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Education

                                 Importance of SEL in Early Childhood

                                 Cultural Responsiveness of SEL in Early Childhood

                  Asian American Children’s Social and Emotional Learning

                                 Societal Perspectives Influencing Asian American Children’s SEL

                                 Asian American Families’ Perspectives and Experiences of Their Children’s SEL

                  Implications for Supporting Asian American Children’s Social and Emotional Learning

                                 Promoting Culturally Responsive SEL Training in Early Childhood Teacher Education

                                 Amplifying the Voices of Asian American Children in SEL Research

                  Conclusion: Beyond Model Minority Stereotypes

     

    Chapter 4. Invisible and Untold Poverty among Asian American Children in Early Childhood

                  Introduction

                  Why is Poverty in Asian Americans Untold and Invisible?

                                 Model Minority Myth

                                 The Lack of Data and Aggregated Data of Asian Americans

                  Asian American Children in Poverty Studied in Early Childhood Education Journals

                                 The Process of Selection for Journals in Early Childhood Education 

                                 Asian American Children in Poverty Studies in the Selected Journals

                                               Comprehensive focus: Studies addressing Asian American children in poverty

                                               Partial focus: Studies addressing Asian American children in poverty

                  Discussion

                                 Future Research

                                 Educators

                                 Limitations of the Chapter 

     

    Chapter 5. Multicultural Picturebooks on Asian or Asian American Children and Their Families

                  Multicultural Picturebooks on Asian or Asian American Children

                  Under-representation and Misrepresentation of Asian American Children in Picturebooks

                                 Under-representation

                                 Misrepresentation

                                 Research Studies on Unpacking Underrepresentation and Misrepresentation of Asian/Asian Americans in Children’s Picturebooks

                                 Research Studies on Korean/Korean Americans in Children’s Picturebooks

                                 Research Studies on Chinese/Chinese Americans in Children’s Picturebooks

                                 Research Studies on Japanese/Japanese Americans in Children’s Picturebooks

                                 Research Studies on Filipino/Filipino Americans in Children’s Picturebooks

                                 Research Studies on Taiwanese/Taiwanese Americans in Children’s Picturebooks

                                 Going Beyond Individual Asian/Asian American Cultures Portrayed in Children’s Picturebooks: Racism and Intersectionality

                  Trends of Multicultural Picturebooks on Asian/Asian American Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

     

    Chapter 6. Unpacking the Intersectional Invisibility of Asian American Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Research

                  Introduction

                  The Intersectional Invisibility of Asian American Children with Disabilities

                  What We Learned from Research about the Parents of Asian American Children with Disabilities and Their Culture

                                 The Cultural Context of Asian American Children with Disabilities        

                                 Parents’ Difficulties and Strengths

                  What We Learned from Children’s Literature Research about Asian American Children with Disabilities: the In/Visibility of Asian American Children with Disabilities in Picturebooks

                                 Henry in A Friend for Henry

                                 Chamnan in Bread Song

                                 The Deaf Sister in I Have a Sister – My Sister is Deaf

                                 The Need for More Mirror/Window Books that Positively Represent Asian Americans with Disabilities

                  Implications

                                 For Teaching Practice

                                 For Researchers

     

    Chapter 7. Asian American Parents’ Perceptions of their Children’s Experiences in the Predominantly-White Community

                  Introduction

                  Asian American Children and Families in Predominantly-White Communities

                                 Heritage Language and English for Asian Americans in Predominantly White Communities

                                 Current Study

                  Methods

                                 Context

                                 Participants

                                 Data

                                 Procedures

                                 Data Analysis

                  Findings

                                 “Super Double Minority”

                                 Dissonance between Expectations of Heritage Language Learning and Stark Reality

                                 Diverse Language Experiences of Asian American Children

                                 “Teaching the Kids is Very Tricky.”: Writing Development in Heritage Languages

                                 Living in PWS: Advantage or Disadvantage?

                  Discussion

     

    Index

    Biography

    Sohyun “Soh” Meacham, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

     

    Su-Jeong Wee, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

     

    Jinhee Kim, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University.

     

    Sophia Han, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education at the University of South Florida.

     

    Wu-Ying Hsieh, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

    "There is a severe lack of research on the Asian American early childhood education. The authors of Early Childhood and the Asian American Experience address this issue by offering a critical, intersectional analysis of Asian American early childhood education rooted in Asian-centric theorizing and paradigms. This book is an important, impactful intervention in educational research." Wayne Au, Dean and Professor, University of Washington Bothell, Editor, Rethinking Schools.


    Early Childhood and the Asian American Experience: Exploring Intersectionality and Addressing Misrepresentations is a necessary book that provokes readers to rethink the stereotype of Asian-American children as the model minority. I commend the authors for their valuable insights on justice-centered teaching by addressing misrepresentation and offering pathways for inclusivity in early childhood education.” Okhee Lee, Ph.D. Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University