Title page for ETD etd-05172010-161142

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tomisek, Ashley Marie
Author's Email Address atomisek@vt.edu
URN etd-05172010-161142
Title The Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Asian American Attitudes toward Affirmative Action
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Calasanti, Toni M. Committee Co-Chair
Kim, Minjeong Committee Co-Chair
Yuan, Anastasia Sue Vogt Committee Member
  • Affirmative Action
  • Gender
  • Asian Americans
  • Ethnicity
Date of Defense 2010-05-10
Availability unrestricted
This study explores the potential differences in attitudes that Asian American ethnic groups, and men and women within those groups, have toward Affirmative Action policies in the United States. My research question was: How do ethnicity and gender effect Asian American attitudes toward Affirmative Action? Using the Pilot National Asian American Political Survey (PNAAPS), 2000-2001, as well as conducting semi-structured interviews, I found that there are differences in attitudes toward Affirmative Action between Asian ethnic groups. In comparison to Chinese respondents, Vietnamese respondents were consistently more favorable toward Affirmative Action policies than South Asian and Filipino respondents were. Gender was significant in a few regressions, particularly as a control variable – indicating the importance of considering gender when examining Asian American attitudes toward Affirmative Action. In conducting interviews, respondents suggested that Affirmative Action policies be amended to assist people of lower socioeconomic status as well as recent immigrants to the United States. An implication of this study is the importance of disaggregating Asian Americans by ethnic group. The consistent support for Affirmative Action policies by Vietnamese respondents, in comparison to Chinese respondents, supports this need.
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