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With the doubling of the school-age population of Asian Pacific Americans during the 1990s, the unmet needs of Asian Pacific Americans are escalating dramatically in schools throughout the country. In most settings, teachers, counselors, and administrators do not share the ethnic, linguistic, and racial backgrounds of their Asian Pacific American students. Constrained by limited resources, an increasingly hostile, anti-immigrant climate, and their own stereotypical assumptions, educators have been unable to respond effectively to the full range of academic, social, and personal challenges that face growing numbers of Asian Pacific American students.


An Occasional Paper for the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

A version of this study is published under the same title in Cherished Dreams: Educating Asian Pacific American Children, edited by Li-Rong Lilly Cheng and Valerie Ooka Pang, SUNY Press, 1996.



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