Document Type

Senior Thesis

Publication Date

Spring 2020


Research suggests that there are a growing number of people who identify as mixed-race Asian Americans, and thus there is a growing need to understand and document their experiences (Literte,2009; Sims 2010; Tamai, Nakashima, Williams, 2017). The central question of this study is: how do mixed-race Asian students’ racial identities affect their identities as learners within social, emotional, academic and physical contexts? The goal of this research project is to explore the educational experiences of mixed-race Asian students at a Southern California university with the intention of developing a critical mixed-race pedagogy for educators and scholars. Through mixed methodologies involving surveys and interviews, this project analyzes and draws themes from data that shows a fragmentation of identity and the need to create space for mixed-race Asian American students. This project seeks to use the themes from this mixed-race study to inform educators, students, and parents of a pressing need for a diverse and progressive approach to education.


This thesis was written for Chapman University Honors Program's Capstone class and presented at the 2020 Annual University Honors Conference.


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