The social, psychological, and educational needs of Asian Pacific American youth often go unmet. This book, written by multicultural educators, social workers, psychologists, and others, challenges stereotypical beliefs and seeks to provide, basic knowledge and direction for working with this population, often labeled as "the model minority."
Honorable Mention, 1999 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards
Struggling To Be Heard offers various theoretical frameworks for understanding culture and language diversity in Asian Pacific American young people. The authors weave a unique tapestry integrating curriculum, instruction, mental health issues, language issues, delinquency, policy, disabilities, and cultures. They also offer critical recommendations for teachers, social workers, school psychologists, school administrators, bilingual professionals, and policy makers who work with Asian Pacific American children and youth so they can make a difference in the lives of Asian Pacific American students and address their unmet needs.
Valerie Ooka Pang is Professor of Teacher Education and Li-Rong Lilly Cheng is Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Assistant Dean for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University.
"This book provides not only the impetus but also strategies for developing more effective and authentic educational experiences for Asian Pacific American youth. It describes the circumstances that have allowed us as a nation and specifically as educators to be blind to the special needs of these children. The message of this book challenges the 'model minority' view of Asian students as a myth. It calls educators to recognize and respond to the silent struggle of Asian youth who endure discrimination and underrepresentation in special service programs. " — Patricia VanLeuvan, Penn State at Delaware County