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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30100

Title: Guilt, Shame and Model Minorities: How South Asian Youth in Toronto Navigate the Canadian Educational System
Authors: Navaratnam, Sangeetha
Advisor: Coloma, Roland Sintos
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: South Asian
Education
Model Minority
Racism
Issue Date: 29-Nov-2011
Abstract: The present study examines issues that South Asian youth face as members of a model minority group. Using 14 semi-structured interviews, South Asian youth (aged 18-26) discussed issues they encountered as they navigated educational institutions in Canada. The study found that participants were not aware of the term model minority. Furthermore, participants received input, either directly or indirectly, from family and community members regarding their career choices. Lastly, participants experienced guilt and shame during decision-making processes, but ultimately chose their own path with [eventual] acceptance from parents. Results indicate that schools in the GTA are not attuned to the needs of South Asian students which often left students at a disadvantage when making future career and educational choices. There is a need for educators, administrators, and policymakers to develop more specialized programs toward helping South Asian youth navigate the Canadian educational institutions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30100
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