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Title:“The modern Mulan of tech": A critical analysis of Asian American women and their experiences in computer science
Author(s):Lin, Stephanie C
Advisor(s):Lewis, Colleen M
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):computer science
computing education
culturally relevant pedagogy
culturally responsive computing
asian american women
diversity
model minority
race and gender
Abstract:Existing research involving Asian American women in STEM explores the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and culture in regards to developing identity as a scientist. Many such studies focus on model minority stereotypes, racialized sexism, and familial expectations. This thesis will draw from prior research to investigate another axis of identity — field of study. Specifically, it will examine how Asian American women may be influenced by patterns of bias specific to the field of computer science. Investigating how Asian American women perceive and navigate intersections embodied by identity allows us to critically examine and improve the current climate of computer science. An analysis chapter on race and gender data in computing and STEM will address questions about representation and advancement of Asian American women in computing professions. Finally, this paper proposes culturally relevant pedagogy as an educational framework that could enhance the quality, diversity, and inclusivity of computer science education beyond the classroom.
Issue Date:2021-04-26
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/110537
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Stephanie Lin
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05


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