“Brown Voices: South Asian American Experiences in Schools”

Dr. Rice is developing a book (working title “Brown Voices: South Asian American Experiences in Schools”) that tells the stories of South Asian Americans in K-12 schools, through a look at their perceptions, experiences, and support needs in school, especially in context of teacher cultural proficiency and belief in “the model minority myth” (the perception of Asians as the perfect minority). The project is based on findings from Dr. Rice’s study on South Asian Americans’ K-12 experiences and perceptions, conducted through Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, which included a review of existing literature, surveys and conversations with teachers, and a comprehensive survey of South Asian Americans reflecting on experiences in K-12 schools. The book features stories, quotes, and anecdotes from South Asian Americans reflecting on their experiences, in order to paint a multifaceted picture of the varied and complex experiences of Brown Americans in schools.

The book examines existing scholarly and popular literature to offer deeper context, and to provide guidance for how educators, policymakers, and the community might improve experiences for South Asian American, and all students, in increasingly diverse schools. Information about the projected release date and the publisher is available below.

The “Brown Voices” project by Dr. Punita C. Rice, based on her study on South Asian Americans’ K-12 experiences and perceptions, offers insight into what it means to be South Asian American in schools today.


The book is slated for release in 2019, from the publisher Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.

The book is slated for release in 2019, from Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. Read on to learn more about Lexington Books and Rowman & Littlefield.

Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher focusing on Academic publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Educational publishing, and publishing Government data, and has partnerships with The American Council on Education, the American Association for State and Local History, The American Foreign Policy Council, the Smithsonian Institution, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and has offices outside of Washington, DC, New York City, Toronto, London, and more. Their imprint Lexington Books publishes specialized research “essential to advancing scholarship,” and takes great pride in publishing high quality peer-reviewed works that make a significant contribution to scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. You can learn more about Rowman & Littlefield here, and learn more about recent publications from Lexington Books here.

A supplemental toolkit to accompany the book is also in progress. The toolkit will expand on key takeaways from the book, and offer free resources for educators, community, and families, that might improve student experiences.

The Punita Rice book project will appeal to all Brown Americans looking to see their stories reflected to them. But perhaps as importantly, it will be the perfect book for educators who work with South Asian American and other multicultural student populations — because it offers a path forward for the teachers that support Brown (and all other) students.


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