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(Items are alphabetized by author's last name.)
Akamatsu, C. T. (1993-1994). The view from within and without: Conducting research on deaf Asian Americans. Journal of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, 27, (3), 12-16.
As a researcher who is Asian and hearing and employed in a professional capacity working with deaf children and adults for over 10 years, the author reflects on his personal perspectives on the process of researching and writing about Deaf Asian Americans. He noted that much of what is known about deaf people, in general, is derived from research conducted mainly with white deaf persons. Thus, when conducting research on Asian deaf persons, he cautions researchers to be cognizant of possible influences that western white culture might have upon the findings and interpretations.
Chough, S. (1998). The fascinating Asian/deaf cultures in America. In Deaf studies V: Toward 2000-Unity and diversity, Conference proceedings, (pp. 271-277), Washington, D.C.: College for Continuing Education, Gallaudet University.
Summarizes a panel presentation moderated by Dr. Steven Chough with three Gallaudet seniors. Each student represented a distinct Asian culture and included: Sri Lanka, Japan, and South Korean. The students responded to a series of questions about the culture and traditions unique to their country and their experiences of culture shock they experience upon their arrival in the U.S. The session concluded with a discussion about the Asian Deaf community in the U.S.
Ouelette, S.E., Dolan, K., & Vander Meer, J. (Eds.)(1995). Access silent Asia: The Asian deaf experience. Conference Proceedings. DeKalb, Il: Department of Communication Disorders, Northern Illinois University.
This monograph includes 19 papers highlighting the proceedings of the first national conference of the Asian Deaf community held in San Francisco March 11-14, 1994. The opening keynote address, "In the Key of C: Opening Doors to Life," was given by John Yeh, member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees and former chairman of IMS Technologies. The closing address, "Asian Deaf Americans as Prime Movers: Where Do We Go From Here?," was given by Dr. Steven Chough, retired member of the Gallaudet University faculty. Papers included in this monograph are organized into four sections: (1) cultural issues, (2) interacting with others from a cultural perspective, (3) providing culturally appropriate services, and (4) educational issues. Among the topics addressed at the conference were: Chinese parents perspectives on disabilities-Double culture shock, Deaf/hearing colleagues: Can we understand each other?, Rehabilitation of deaf and hard of hearing people in Japan, and working in higher education with international Asian students who are deaf.
Plue, C. J. (1998). An ethnographic study of deaf Filipinos in Los Angeles: Language, culture, identity, and values. Deaf studies V: Toward 2000-Unity and diversity, Conference proceedings (pp. 141-155), Washington, D.C.: College of Continuing Education, Gallaudet University.
Reports on the results of an ethnographic study with a sample of eight deaf Filipino residents of Los Angeles, CA. Includes brief case studies to illustrate their perspectives and views regarding language, culture, identity, and values. The family background of the participants were quite diverse and included a mixture of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Hawaiian descents. A common perspective on culture shock experienced by the participants involved making transitions from the monocultural societies of their home countries to a U.S. multicultural society. All the participants were trilingual (Tagalog, English, and American Sign Language) and were able to effectively navigate within multiple cultures (their native, American, and Deaf cultures).
Shettle, A. (1995). Seeds of success: Fat Lam, China's first deaf Ph.D. Gallaudet Today, 25, (3), 21-23.
Profile of Fat Lam, Professor of Mathematics at Gallaudet University. A native of Hong Kong, the profile describes how after he completed elementary school he worked at various jobs to support himself and studied high school textbooks borrowed from a co-worker. He eventually, through coincidence enrolled at Gallaudet and went on to become the first deaf person from China to earn a Ph.D.
Wu, C.L. & Grant, N.C. (1999). Asian American and deaf. In I. Leigh (Ed.), Psychotherapy with deaf clients from diverse groups (pp. 203-226). Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.
Focuses on deaf individuals and families of Chinese heritages. Stresses the need for psychotherapists to exercise caution in making generalizations about this target population since Chinese individuals from different areas within and outside of China bring with them diverse cultural and linguistic perspectives. Provides several case examples to illustrate culturally appropriate approaches to providing psychotherapy services to deaf individuals of Chinese heritages.
Wu, C.L. & Grant, N.C. (1997). Asian, American, and deaf: A framework for professionals. American Annals of the Deaf, 142, (2), 85-89.
Presents a multicultural framework for assessing and working with deaf persons from Asian and Asian deaf backgrounds. Emphasizes the importance of cultural awareness and cultural competence for professionals.
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