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Seminar Series: Amy Hsin, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY

Asian American Achievement: The Role of Race, Class and Gender
When Feb 29, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Christian Bachrach
Kelly Beaman
Brittany Derberger
Wilbur Hadden
Yuko Hara
Eona Harrison
Hsiang-Yuan Ho
Mary Jung
Jeehye Kang
Jae In Lee
Lucia Lykke
Xiaohong Ma
Marian MacDorman
Neil Ohingra
Joanna Pepin
Shengwei Sun
Yeats Ye
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About the Talk

Both the Asian-white and gender gap in education is well-documented. Less is known about whether a gender gap exists among Asian American (AA) and how it contributes to the Asian advantage in education. I combine two nationally representative cohort studies to describe trends in achievement patterns at the intersection of race, gender and social class. The results show a later emergence of an AA gender gap, suggesting the protective effects of culture wane at the transition to adolescence. I also find evidence of intersectionality: (1) AA girls accrue a larger racial premium than AA boys, suggesting that the meaning of race differs for AA boys and girls and (2) a larger SES gradient exists in the gender gap among AA. Determinants of the gender and race gap are also explored.

About the Speaker

Amy Hsin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York. Her research is at the intersection of family demography, stratification and race/ethnicity. Her research has investigated the effect of maternal work and parental time use on child development and the effect of children's characteristics on parental time use. In the area of educational stratification, her work has examined the relative roles of cognitive and non-cognitive skills as determinants of educational achievement and sought explanations for the Asian-White achievement gap. Professor Hsin is currently analyzing large-scale administrative data to understand the academic performance and trajectories of immigrants and undocumented students in non-elite 2- and 4-year colleges. 

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Please note that, at the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for handicapped individuals.

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