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Transforming the Ivory TowerChallenging Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in the Academy$
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Brett C. Stockdill and Mary Yu Danico

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835262

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835262.001.0001

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Transformative Disjunctures in the Academy

Transformative Disjunctures in the Academy

Asian American Studies as Praxis

(p.120) Chapter Seven Transformative Disjunctures in the Academy
Transforming the Ivory Tower

Linda Trinh Võ

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter analyzes the development of the field of Asian American Studies, focusing on efforts to institutionalize and professionalize the discipline, along with the multiple requirements and challenges scholars encounter in the academy, especially balancing their teaching and on-campus and off-campus service demands. It contextualizes these developments by intertwining these macro–micro dynamics with the author's personal observations and experiences to demarcate some of the ways in which she negotiated her own path in the academy. As she weaves together her personal experiences and the path of Asian American Studies, the author examines specific forms of racial and gender inequalities in higher education and suggests strategies for making the academy more supportive of people of color and women. These inequalities include racist and elitist views of scholarship, deficient mentoring for women and people of color, tokenism, and a work environment unaccommodating to women faculty with children. She describes how these assaults thwart productivity and damage mental health, and stresses the importance of building community as a key form of resistance, including survival strategies shared among women of color to balance career and family.

Keywords:   Asian American studies, racial inequality, gender inequality, higher education, people of color, female professors

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