Bridging Research and Practice to Support Asian American Students: New Directions for Student Services, Number 160
An accessible yet comprehensive guide to understanding and working with Asian American college students--a diverse but often misunderstood population on college campuses.
Linking theory and research with practice, this volume covers a range of topics that influence Asian American college student experiences, including:
- student and identity development,
- psychological health,
- religion and spirituality,
- academic and career issues,
- engagement and activism.
The volume ends with an extensive list of resources and critical questions for readers to reflect on themselves, their departments, and their institutions to help better understand and appropriately serve Asian American students.
This is the 160th volume of this Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly series. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
EDITORS’ NOTES 5
Dina C. Maramba, Corinne M. Kodama
1. Complexities of Racial Identity Development for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) College Students 11
Understanding the identity development journey for APIDA college students requires us to recognize its complex and multifaceted nature and conduct deeper inquiries into how APIDA students negotiate who they are as racial beings. This chapter discusses key points for student affairs practitioners to consider when working with today’s APIDA student population.
2. Reconsidering Asian American Student Development 25
Corinne M. Kodama, Dina C. Maramba
This chapter addresses the applicability of student development theories in light of empirical research on Asian American college students. The authors revisit the relevance of work on Asian American student development and wrestle with new paradigms for understanding and advancing student development theory and research.
3. Race, Religion, and Spirituality for Asian American Students 39
Julie J. Park, Jude Paul Matias Dizon
This chapter describes how Asian American students come from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. Educators can benefit from learning how race, ethnicity, religion, and spirituality uniquely interact
for this population.
4. Academic and Career Development: Rethinking Advising for Asian American Students 51
Corinne M. Kodama, Jill Huynh
This chapter highlights the complexity of Asian American academic and career development by addressing the influences of both cultural and racial contexts. The authors apply Leong and Hardin’s (2002) frameworks of cultural validity and specificity, which is an important framework to take into consideration when working with diverse populations.
5. Asian American Student Engagement in Student Leadership and Activism 65
Lester J. Manzano, OiYan A. Poon, Vanessa S. Na
This chapter interrogates notions of student leadership and activism and presents a conceptual model for understanding the ways in which Asian American students engage in leadership and activism. The chapter
ends with a discussion of implications for student affairs professionals working with Asian American students.
6. Contextualizing Asian American College Student Psychological Health 81
Christopher T. H. Liang, Jessica Liu, David Nguyen, Ge Song
This chapter explores the help-seeking behaviors and psychological aspects of the health of Asian American college students.
7. From Reflection to Refraction 93
This chapter reflects on and summarizes the entire sourcebook. The author encourages student affairs practitioners to courageously transform identity-relevant theory to practice in support of Asian American
and Pacific Islander students and communities.
8. Tools and Resources to Learn More About Asian American Students 103
Corinne M. Kodama, Dina C. Maramba
This chapter provides general resources to support readers in their reflections and incorporation of research and practice within their own contexts.