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Xue Lan Rong edits series anthology on Asian Americans in U.S. schools

Xue Lan Rong is one of three editors of a book titled New Perspectives on Asian American Parents, Students, and Teacher Recruitment, published by Information Age Publishing. This work is the fifth volume in a series based on research on the education of Asian and Pacific Americans. By using the research of established Asian American scholars, this nine-chapter anthology covers a variety of topics including patterns of Asian parents’ involvement in their children’s education and recruiting and retaining Asian American teachers.

The first two chapters examine parents’ involvement with the education of their children. Findings indicate that Asian American parents are very involved with home-based activities, such as reading and homework. Parent involvement in school-based activities is more difficult because of language barriers and busy work schedules.

Chapters three and four explore Asian American students’ literacy development as they learn a second language. Case studies are presented of Chinese children in U.S. classrooms, and their learning strategies are explored.

Chapter five features a case study of English Language Learners who are temporarily in the United States with non-immigration status. Based on the experiences of two Chinese elementary students, the chapter describes their struggles involving language barriers among peers, parents and teachers and makes an argument for schools orienting toward bilingualism.

Currently in the United States, the number of Asian American students is rising, but this rate is not in proportion to the number of Asian American teachers. Chapters six and seven address this issue. In Chapter six, the author draws from a sample of 56 Korean American teachers to examine their reason for teaching and remaining in the teaching field. Attributions are made toward strong support from families and friends as well as Protestant churches in Korean American communities.

Chapter seven takes this issue to a broader level by exploring the reasons Asian bilingual teachers and candidates chose to become teachers in the United States. The results are important identifiers of good recruitment and retention strategies.

The final chapters address the issue of Asian American college students and their views of campus climate. This section reverses the Asian American stereotype of “model minority” and instead focuses on the many experiences these students have had with racial discrimination on their respective campuses. The study links these social experiences with students’ academic performance and personal development.

Rong was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Beijing. Her 25-year-career has included teaching, conducting research, consulting and serving in administrative positions in both the United States and China. The book’s co-editors are Clara C. Park of California State University, Northridge, and Russell Endo of the University of Colorado.