Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Asian American Stereotypes and its Side Effects
Author(s):Graczyk, Elizabeth; Hay, Arlena; Rathi, Nikita; Yang, Pei Wen
Subject(s):Asian American
Abstract:This project aims to answer the following questions: Why do we have Asian American stereotypes around the world and especially on campus? How do these stereotypes affect Asian American students at the University of Illinois? What are some of the causes that results in Asian American stereotypes? Do Asian American students feel more pressure to do well in school, especially in math and science? Do Asian American students have lower selfesteem due to stereotypes? How does the model minority image effect Asian American student’s performances? In order to answer these questions, we conducted a survey, interviewed many Asian American students at the University of Illinois, and made a field observation. Through our research, we have found that the causes of Asian American stereotypes are caused by cultural and language differences that exist between Asian countries and the United States. We have also found that some Asian American students do feel more pressure to do well in school, but not all. Lastly, we found that although many Asian Americans feel pressure to perform well, it is unclear if Asian Americans have lower self-esteem due to stereotypes.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:RHET105 Section D3B3 (Principles of Composition: Race and the University)
Professor Linda Larsen
Rhetoric 105 will help you develop your reading, writing, and research skills and lay a foundation for the reading, writing, and researching you will do at the University. The skills taught in this course can also help you learn to make informed judgments in a world of competing ideas and learn to communicate ideas persuasively. This course will give you practice in: • Critically reading and analyzing texts • Rhetorical analysis • Forming arguments • Gathering and evaluating research • Synthesizing multiple sources • Conducting qualitative research • Composing: inventing, drafting, revising This section of Rhet. 105 will be centered on the theme of “Race and the University.” Our course will be part of UIUC’s Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI)—a University-wide program that supports undergraduate research about the university experience and encourages the archiving of this research.
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Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-08

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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