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