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(In)visibility in numbers: Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander College Students and Their Perspectives on Asian American Pacific Islander Culture Centers
by Bacolores, John, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2019, 163; 27666561
Abstract (Summary)

This collection of stories applies Tribal Critical Race Theory (TribalCrit) from the Critical Race Theory literature to hear from Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) college students about their individual perspectives on the inclusivity of Asian American (and) Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture centers (CC). Through the lens of TribalCrit, the purpose of this research was to understand their opinions behind the terms AAPI/API/APA and the relationship between NHPI student-led organizations and AAPI/API/APA CC. Using testimonios, a qualitative research method where students shared their experiences, six NHPI college students in Southern California were interviewed, audio recorded with permission, and then had their interviews transcribed. Then, students’ responses were analyzed via the Constant Comparative Method to identify themes, which were eventually grouped into key topics. Findings from this study mentioned how NHPI recognized differences in being multiethnic vs. having both parents identify as NHPI, how the terms AAPI/API/APA make NHPI college students feel invisible, and that there should be a relationship between AAPI/API/APA CC and NHPI student-led organizations that focuses on advocacy and leadership. This study highlighted a significant focus on NHPI in AAPI/API/APA spaces, especially in calling upon leaders, students, and members of AAPI/API/APA organizations to use and effectively implement disaggregated data to be intentional and cognizant of how they were being inclusive toward the NHPI community. By doing so, NHPI can be included in discussions surrounding the challenges and successes of education and let their voices be heard.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hinga, Briana
Commitee: Tambascia, Tracy, Lanford, Michael
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Leadership)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Pacific Rim Studies, Asian American Studies, Higher education
Keywords: Culture centers, Data dissaggregation, Desire-based research, Ethnic representation, Multiethnic/multiracial, Pacific Islander students
Publication Number: 27666561
ISBN: 9781658437912
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