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NCJ Number: 123189 Find in a Library
Title: Troubled Asian Youth: The Deafening Silence
Journal: School Safety  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:27-30
Author(s): J J Munks
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The tremendous increase in the numbers of Asian immigrant students in classrooms in the United States in recent years points to the need for educators, administrators, and law enforcement officials to learn more about this minority and to recognize that many of these youths are vulnerable to crime and other problems.
Abstract: Thus, they must recognize that Asians come from many cultures and that prejudice along lines of ethnicity and national origin exists among Asians. Asians may also be unused to coeducational classrooms and may consider a friendly pat on a child's head to be unacceptable. In addition, educators should not view Asians as a quiet group that is so dedicated to excellence in education that no extra attention is needed. They should find interpreters and not use the child as an interpreter when a parent conference is needed. They should also allow over age children to remain in the grades in which their parents have placed them, recognizing that many have not had the benefit of normal schooling. They should also be aware of the emergence of Hasty Gangs, groups of 3 to 10 or more Vietnamese youths who join to commit single robberies and should recognize and help address the stresses that occur in the traditionally paternalistic Vietnamese families as they try to adapt to the American culture. List of telephone source for interpreters.
Main Term(s): Children at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Asian Americans; Cultural influences; Youth development
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