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Title:Asian American identity in the collegiate music school setting
Author(s):Swift, Justin Lawrence
Advisor(s):Sweet, Bridget
Contributor(s):Gallo, Donna; Kruse, Adam
Department / Program:Music
Discipline:Music Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Asian American, Stereotypes, Model Minority, Ethnic Identity, Discrimination
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of three Asian American students in a collegiate music school setting. Semi-structured interviews were utilized to discuss how their families influenced their decision of pursue a career in music and how they might have experienced discrimination, both within and outside of the musical realm. Findings suggest that (a) each participant valued their family highly, but for two of the three participants, majoring in music was a discouraged endeavor, (b) the three participants all felt stereotyped by their ethnicities, most often as model minority individuals with high intelligence and strong work ethic, and (c) two of three participants felt as though the Asian American perspective was often left out of conversations of diversity and oppression. These findings highlight the presence of model minority stereotypes within a collegiate music school, a setting which little research concerning model minority stereotyping and the experiences of Asian Americans has been conducted.
Issue Date:2019-04-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Justin Swift
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23
Date Deposited:2019-05

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