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Mission-Centered Engagement with Asian American Student Veterans

March, 2019
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This article draws  on the experiences, reflections, and expressions of Asian American student veterans in the decade between 2006 and 2016, at an urban public research university. Inspired by a lack of research and resource materials available nationally that is informed by or responsive to the backgrounds, perspectives, and needs of Asian American student veterans in college. This research provides a synthesis of rich documentary evidence particularly through digital storytelling, that creates integrative contexts for the holistic connections and contributions of Asian Americans, as veterans, as university students and beyond the campus.

Abstract

This article draws qualitatively on the experiences, reflections, and expressions of Asian American student veterans through Asian American Studies courses and activities the authors have led in the decade between 2006 and 2016, at an urban public research university that is federally designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, and recognized annually among four-year universities as “best for vets.” Beginning with a brief introduction to Asian American military service historically and currently, we note the lack of research and resource materials available nationally that is informed by or responsive to the backgrounds, perspectives, and needs of Asian American student veterans in college. We then provide a synthesis of rich documentary evidence based on Asian American student veterans’ voices, to illustrate the value of Asian American Studies curricular strategies and pedagogical approaches, particularly through digital storytelling, that create integrative contexts for their holistic connections and contributions as Asian Americans, as veterans, and as university students. Beyond the classroom and campus, we also offer concrete examples of community-centered connections through Asian American Studies that enable Asian American student veterans to engage with public sites and local civic organizations that share significant legacies of Asian American veterans’ leadership and service across generations.

Full Reference

Kiang, P. N.-. chu ., Tang, S. S.-. ling ., & Seto, M. M. (2019). Mission-Centered Engagement with Asian American Student Veterans. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), 34–51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v4i2.95

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