Advancing Research Within Asian American Psychology Using Asian Critical Race Theory and an Asian Americanist Perspective

Hyung Chol Yoo, Abigail K. Gabriel, Sumie Okazaki

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Abstract

Research within Asian American psychology continually grows to include a range of topics that expand on the heterogeneity, hybridity, and multiplicity of the Asian American psychological experience. Still, research focused on distinct racialization and psychological processes of Asians in America is limited. To advance scientific knowledge on the study of race and racism in the lives of Asian Americans, we draw on Asian critical race theory and an Asian Americanist perspective that emphasizes the unique history of oppression, resilience, and resistance among Asian Americans. First, we discuss the rationale and significance of applying Asian critical race theory to Asian American psychology. Second, we review the racialized history of Asians in America, including the dissemination of essentialist stereotypes (e.g., perpetual foreigner, model minority, and sexual deviants) and the political formation of an Asian American racial identity beginning in the late 1960s. We emphasize that this history is inextricably linked to how race and racism is understood and studied today in Asian American psychology. Finally, we discuss the implications of Asian critical race theory and an Asian Americanist perspective to research within Asian American psychology and conclude with suggestions for future research to advance current theory and methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-590
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Humanistic Psychology
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Asian American psychology
  • Asian Americanist
  • AsianCrit
  • critical race theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science

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