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"Strangers" of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education

by Guofang Li (Editor), Gulbahar H. Beckett (Editor), Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
Pages: 304
Paperback
ISBN: 9781579221218






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Overview of "Strangers" of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education

No less than other minorities, Asian women scholars are confronted with racial discrimination and stereotyping as well as disrespect for their research, teaching, and leadership, and are underrepresented in academia.

In the face of such barriers, many Asian female scholars have developed strategies to survive and thrive. This book is among the first to examine their lived experience in Western academic discourses. It addresses the socio-cultural, political, academic, and personal issues that Asian female scholars encounter in higher education.

The contributors to this book include first- and second-generation immigrants who are teachers and researchers in higher education and who come from a wide range of Asian nations and backgrounds. They here combine new research and personal narratives to explore the intersecting layers of relationships that impact their lives—language, culture, academic discourses, gender, class, generation, and race. The book is replete with the richness and complexity of these scholars’ struggles and triumphs in their professional and personal realms.

This powerful and engaging volume:
* Examines and celebrates the struggles and triumphs that Asian female scholars experience as they try to “make it” in academic environments that may differ sharply from the culture of their countries of origin;
* Highlights the unique contributions the authors have made to research, theory, and the profession;
* Establishes the authors’ claim to visibility and a voice for themselves and more generally for Asian women in the academy;
* Opens a dialogue on these critical issues by sharing the academic and personal experiences of senior and junior scholars alike; and
* Contributes to the on-going discussion on issues pertinent to the status of minority female scholars in higher education.

Synopsis of "Strangers" of the Academy: Asian Women Scholars in Higher Education

No less than other minorities, Asian women scholars are confronted with racial discrimination and stereotyping as well as disrespect for their research, teaching, and leadership, and are underrepresented in academia.

In the face of such barriers, many Asian female scholars have developed strategies to survive and thrive. This book is among the first to examine their lived experience in Western academic discourses. It addresses the socio-cultural, political, academic, and personal issues that Asian female scholars encounter in higher education.

The contributors to this book include first- and second-generation immigrants who are teachers and researchers in higher education and who come from a wide range of Asian nations and backgrounds. They here combine new research and personal narratives to explore the intersecting layers of relationships that impact their lives—language, culture, academic discourses, gender, class, generation, and race. The book is replete with the richness and complexity of these scholars’ struggles and triumphs in their professional and personal realms.

This powerful and engaging volume:
* Examines and celebrates the struggles and triumphs that Asian female scholars experience as they try to “make it” in academic environments that may differ sharply from the culture of their countries of origin;
* Highlights the unique contributions the authors have made to research, theory, and the profession;
* Establishes the authors’ claim to visibility and a voice for themselves and more generally for Asian women in the academy;
* Opens a dialogue on these critical issues by sharing the academic and personal experiences of senior and junior scholars alike; and
* Contributes to the on-going discussion on issues pertinent to the status of minority female scholars in higher education.

About the Author, Guofang Li

Guofang Li is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Buffalo (SUNY).

Gulbahar H. Beckett is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, University of Cincinnati.

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"The emergence of the recently published book, represents a breakthrough for many Asian women scholars who seek to share their professional insights and experiences in the academy."

"delves into the sociocultural, political, academic and personal issues that Asian female scholars frequently encounter in higher education"

"This is a highly informative text that will benefit individuals who have ever worked with, been taught by, or will have any interaction with Asian female faculty.This book raises our awareness of the work that still needs to be done and is a highly recommended resource for Asians and non-Asians alike.

"The book serves as a valuable resource for faculty who are among the few Asian females who have successfully navigated through the challenges posed by academe. I found the book to be truly empowering. It not only validated my own personal experiences, but also reminded me of why I continue to pursue my scholarly work, and of my unique contributions, which are because of, rather than despite, my Asian female identity."

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