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Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youth


reviewed by Vichet Chhuon — July 05, 2006

coverTitle: Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youth
Author(s): Jamie Lew
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746940, Pages: 133, Year: 2006
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Korean Americans are often viewed as a model minority who transition seamlessly through the educational pipeline. This group is often situated within a larger Asian American aggregate that is perceived as uniformly successful in school. For Koreans and other immigrant minority populations, structural factors, such as access to quality schooling and community co-ethnic networks, act as significant institutional variables for students’ accumulation of social capital for pursuing academic success (Stanton-Salazar, 1997; Zhou & Kim, 2006). In Asian Americans in Class: Charting the Achievement Gap Among Korean American Youth, Jamie Lew deconstructs the experiences of Korean American students to highlight how structural factors shape academic aspirations and outcomes. She also examines how schools operate as key institutional agents for perpetuating social and economic inequities. Lew states early on that: [O]ne cannot effectively analyze the schooling aspirations and achievement of second-generation Korean and other Asian American youths without taking into account key... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 05, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12573, Date Accessed: 9/22/2017 1:03:52 PM

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  • Vichet Chhuon
    University of California, Santa Barbara
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    VICHET CHHUON is a doctoral student in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include achievement motivation, Asian American education and immigrant schooling.
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