The Aerogram - Teachers Don’t Know Much About South Asian American Students

Why Research on South Asian American Students Matters

In Career by Punita Rice

I wrote an article for The Aerogram on why research on South Asian American students matters. Here’s an excerpt:

There is a lack of distinction made between different kinds of Asians in existing literature, and a particular dearth of existing literature on South Asian American students. This means teachers can’t really understand these students’ cultures, and thus can’t provide culturally responsive instruction to these students.

Worse, they may not even try to — since many teachers believe the model minority stereotype about Asian students, they might be especially likely to overlook their South Asian American students’ needs, figuring they don’t need extra help or support.

If you’d like to read the whole thing, you can do so here.

P.S. – Information about my outreach organization, ISAASE.

About the Author
Punita Rice

Punita Rice

Punita Rice is the founder of the ISAASE.org resource-hub, and author of the research book "South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), the children's book series "The Adventures of Hunny & Sunny," and "Toddler Weaning." She holds a Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and is a former classroom teacher, academic adviser, and researcher. She lives in Maryland.