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Degrees of DifferenceReflections of Women of Color on Graduate School$
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Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043185

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043185.001.0001

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Finding Grace

Finding Grace

An Asian American Womxn’s Counterstory to Graduate School Racial Microaggressions

(p.134) Chapter 7 Finding Grace
Degrees of Difference

Aeriel A. Ashlee

University of Illinois Press

This chapter features a critical race counterstory from an Asian American womxn of color about her doctoral education and graduate school socialization. Framed within critical race theory, the author chronicles racial microaggressions she endured as a first-year higher education doctoral student. The author describes the ways in which the model minority myth is wielded as a tool of white supremacy and how the pervasive stereotype overlaps with the imposter syndrome to manifest in a unique oppression targeting Asian American graduate students. The author draws inspiration from Asian American activist Grace Lee Boggs, which helps her resist the intersectional oppression of white supremacy and patriarchy present within academia. The chapter concludes with recommendations to support womxn of color graduate students.

Keywords:   Asian American, critical race theory, Grace Lee Boggs, graduate school socialization, doctoral education, higher education, imposter syndrome, model minority myth, racial microaggressions, womxn of color

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