Asian Americans have long occupied a precarious position in American society; they are just as likely to be valorized as the so-called "model minority" as they are ostracized and seen as perpetual foreigners. During this episode, we take a deep dive into how we got here, and provide perspectives on ways teachers need to see, understand, and interrupt anti-asian stereotypes. We'll hear from local Asian American students, parents, and educators at Hortons Creek Elementary in NC to get their perspective on how schools can and should become more culturally and community responsive in order to better serve all students and families who are part of our community.
Dr. Sandy Chambers - Principal at Hortons Creek Elementary
Supriya Vasudevan - 3rd Grade Teacher at Hortons Creek Elementary
Suruchika Bhatia - Lead IA at Hortons Creek Elementary
Nicki Lee - Counselor at Hortons Creek Elementary
Aravand - High School Student
Navam - Middle School Student
Dr. Nicholas Hartlep - Chair of the Department of Education Studies at Berea College, creator of the Model Minority Stereotype Project
Dr. Chris Suh - Assistant Professor of History at Emory University
Soukprida Phetmisy - National Senior Managing Director, Asian American & Pacific Islander Community Alliances at Teach for America
Jimmy Patel-Nguyen - Communications Director, North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT)
Ricky Leung - Co-founder of NCAAT and Program Director at NCAAT in Action
Music provided by Blue Dot Sessions. The theme song "Mirrors" is by Joseph McDade.