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Challenging the Stigmas: A Critical Race Theory Analysis of Filipino American Community College Students


This thesis focuses on the experiences of Filipino American students who attend community college in Southern California, and it asserts that the educational trajectories of Filipino American community college students are adversely affected by racial ideologies perpetuated at the interpersonal and institutional levels. Drawing from Critical Race Theory (CRT) in education and using racial microaggressions as an analytic framework, this thesis deconstructs racial microaggressions against Filipino Americans community college students, and links issues of access to higher education for students of color to U.S. colonialism and white supremacy. This thesis also contextualizes the ethnic and academic identity development of Filipino American students who attend community college. By focusing on these marginalized student experiences across intersectional identities, it explicates the racialization of education.

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