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Up Against Whiteness: Race, School, and Immigrant Youth


reviewed by David Urias — 2006

coverTitle: Up Against Whiteness: Race, School, and Immigrant Youth
Author(s): Stacey J. Lee
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774574X , Pages: 152, Year: 2005
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A good ethnographic study not only clearly presents information in a user-friendly fashion for both the academic and the lay person but also provides the reader with an opportunity to question his/her own belief system and perception/notion of reality. Stacey Lee’s Up Against Whiteness, Race, School, and Immigrant Youth is such a book. The reader is not only introduced to the Hmong in America (a lesser known group) but is also exposed to the “hegemonic racial conditions” (p. 21) that inform and constrain the identity options for Hmong American youth in our schools and communities. The Hmong are a people from Southeast Asia that has transplanted itself into American society after enduring centuries of religious persecution and genocide. Originally from China, Hmong identity has largely been defined by a string of relocations, first to Vietnam and Laos, then to Thailand, and eventually to the United States, England, and Australia. In... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 824-827
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12121, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 11:58:11 PM

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  • David Urias
    Drexel University
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    DAVID URIAS is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Program Evaluation at Drexel University. A former secondary level Social Studies and Special Education teacher, he holds an M.A. in Education from The Johns Hopkins University and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. Current research interests include, but are not limited to: examining the complex issues surrounding international education and the role it plays in global societies. Another area of research interest is the role of corporate philanthropy/corporatization in financing higher education here in the U.S. and abroad. Both areas encompasses a myriad of complex social, political, and economic variables and consequences that have impact not only for schools, but for global societies. During 2005, his articles appeared in such publications as the International Educator, Teachers College Press, Thought and Action, and Elsevier, Inc. Press. He has also presented research at state, national, and international venues.
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