What is AsianCrit?

Article 3 of Exploring Leadership Diversity in Educator Preparation Programs: An Asian/American Perspective

The “Exploring Leadership Diversity in Educator Preparation Programs: An Asian/American Perspective” series is a multi-article study that aims to share the discoveries of a yearlong study that Nicholas D. Hartlep, Ph.D., and Rachel Endo, Ph.D., undertook during the 2023–2024 academic year. Their qualitative study explored the experiences of current and former Asian/American Education Preparation Program (EPP) leaders via surveys and interviews.

What is Critical Race Theory?

An extensive overview of Critical Race Theory (CRT) is located online. Tara J. Yosso, in her article “Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth” shares the image below that shows the different branches of CRT. Yosso writes, “CRT’s branches are not mutually exclusive or in contention with one another. Naming, theorizing, and mobilizing from the intersections of racism, need not initiate some sort of oppression sweepstakes—a competition to measure one form of oppression against another” (2005, pp. 72–73).

Source: Yosso (2005)


What is AsianCrit?

If you are interested in reading more on AsianCrit, we have included a list of AsianCrit literature:

  • An, S. (2016). Asian Americans in American history: An AsianCrit perspective on Asian American inclusion in state U.S. history curriculum standards. Theory & Research in Social Education, 44, 244–276.
  • An, S. (2017). AsianCrit perspective on social studies. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 41(2), 131–139. DOI: 10.1016/j.jssr.2016.06.002
  • An, S. (2017). Teaching race through AsianCrit-informed counterstories of school segregation. Social Studies Research and Practice, 12(2), 210–231.
  • Chang, R. S. (1993). Toward an Asian American legal scholarship: Critical race theory post-structuralism, and narrative space. California Law Review, 81, 1241–1323.
  • Gotanda, N. (1995). Critical legal studies, critical race theory and Asian American Studies. Amerasia Journal, 127(21), 127–136.
  • Iftikar, J. S., & Museus, S. D. (2018). On the utility of Asian critical (AsianCrit) theory in the field of education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 31(10), 935–949. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2018.1522008
  • Kim, J. (2022). “Never anything about the Asian experience”: An AsianCrit analysis of Asian American teachers in the Midwest. Multicultural Perspectives, 24(2), 52–61.
  • Kim, J., & Hsieh, B. (2022). The racialized experiences of Asian American teachers in the U.S.: Applications of Asian Critical Race Theory to resist marginalization.
  • Kolano, L. (2016). Smartness as cultural wealth: An AsianCrit counterstory. Race Ethnicity and Education, 19(6), 1149–1163.
  • Matsuda, M. J. (1993). Voices of the community: We will not be used. Asian American & Pacific Islands Law Journal, 1(1), 79–84.
  • Teranishi, R. T., Behringer, L. B., Grey, E. A., & Parker, T. L. (2009). Critical race theory and research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education. New Directions for Institutional Research, 142, 57–68.


Yosso, T. J. (2005). Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth. Race Ethnicity and Education, 8(1), 69–91.


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