Title

Asian and female in the white God's world : a qualitative exploration of discrimination in Christian academia

Publication Date

7-1-2010

Abstract

This study is a phenomenological exploration of discrimination experiences among 11 Asian/Asian-American female faculty at various Christian universities, with a specific focus on the characteristics of the Christian academic environment which contribute to those experiences. Participants completed a 90-minute semi-structured interview. Ten of the 11 women described experiences where they perceived being treated differently due to race and/or gender. Qualitative analyses of interview data resulted in the emergence of three themes related to the discrimination context (lack of diversity, naivete and denial and “missionary mentality”). Resulting themes are discussed in light of existing research. Future research implications include the continued need for research on factors that contribute to discrimination in religious contexts.

Keywords

Discrimination in higher education; Discrimination--Religious aspects--Christianity

Publication Title

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

Volume

13

Issue

5

First Page

453

Last Page

465

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/13674670903384533.

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