A Conversation on Advising Asian American Students

Join us as we read through the article "Academic and Career Development: Rethinking Advising for Asian American Students" by Corinne M. Kodama and Jill Huynh. This article can be viewed here.

The reading points out the complexities inherent in advising and career counseling for Asian Americans. It highlights how cultural values, such as collectivism, interdependence, and humility, as well as the role of family and peers, play a part in major selection as well as academic and career expectations; how misconceptions, stereotypes and discrimination can limit a student’s choice of major; and how identity development and role models can help to support students as they navigate through their own academic discovery process. 
Panelists will focus on the important part that advisors and others can have in supporting Asian American students. Related theories will also be introduced. The reading will be used as a springboard for discussion. A significant portion of the session will be dedicated to conversations and discourse. 
This NACADA Reads event is designed to encourage active participation. In order to best support this format, attendance will be limited to the first 45 people who sign up. We encourage participants to share their connection with colleagues on their campuses.  Please sign up here.
In preparation for the session, the panelists would like you to ponder the following points: 

  1. Consider your experiences working with Asian American parents/families. What types of interactions have you had with parents? What are their issues/concerns/questions? How did these experiences shape your advising/counseling/mentoring with Asian American students?  
  2. What are major issues your Asian American student advisees often face when pursuing higher education?
  3. How do you help your Asian American advisees address the issues that they bring up during advising sessions?
  4. What stereotypes do Asian American students face? How do these stereotypes affect Asian American students’ college experiences?
  5. What strategies not covered by the reading have you used in your work advising/counseling /mentoring Asian American students?

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Yung-Hwa Anna ChowYung-Hwa Anna Chow

Born and raised in Taiwan, I began learning the English language at the age of 12 when I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. Having personally experienced the struggles as a second language learner, I wanted to reach out and help students who struggle in schools and society due to language barriers and racism. I graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Education. In 2002, I moved with my partner to Pullman, Washington, where I completed my Master’s degree in Education from Washington State University. After receiving my M.A. in 2004, I started advising for the Humanities and Social Sciences Programs in the College of Liberal Arts at WSU.  As an academic advisor, I’ve conducted research with Chinese international students, presented at advising conferences, webinars, symposiums, published articles, and received academic advising awards from WSU and NACADA. I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their goals in life.  In 2016, I was promoted to Interim Director of Advising, and now serve as Director of Advising for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University.

Megumi Makino-Kanehiro Megumi Makino-Kanehiro 

Megumi Makino-Kanehiro, PhD, is the Director of the Mānoa Advising Center for Exploratory Students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). She currently serves on the NACADA Board of Directors and is a regular presenter at NACADA conferences. She has served as Chair for the Peer Advising and Mentoring Advising Community and served as an Advising Community Steering Committee Representative. She has also served as a moderator for the e-Tutorial on Creating a Peer Advising Program. She is completing her terms on both the Annual Conference Advisory Board and the Awards Committee this fall. Dr. Makino-Kanehiro is invested in encouraging diversity in leadership and currently serves as Chair on the Subcommittee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Excellence in Academic Advising Initiative at UHM.

Leah Panganiban Leah Panganiban 

Leah Panganiban is the Academic Services Program Manager for the University of Washington Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). She has been an active NACADA member since 2008. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Her research interests include college student development, access and retention, theory and practice in student affairs, equity and diversity issues in higher education, and Asian Pacific Americans in higher education. 

Kiana Shiroma Kiana Shiroma 

Dr. Kiana Shiroma is the Director of the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center and interim Director of the Student Success Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is the Region 9 Representative of the NACADA Research Committee and serves on the Editorial Board of NACADA Journal and as a reviewer for Academic Advising Today. Dr. Shiroma's research focuses on the motivational factors of underserved student populations.



Read: Read entire article "Academic and Career Development: Rethinking Advising for Asian American Students" by Corinne M. Kodama and Jill Huynh. 

Ponder: Please take a moment to review and mediate on the questions provided by the presenters

Watch: View the free #NACADAreads conversation that was brodcast on Tuesday September 17th at 2 pm CDT with our panelists as they discuss the article and additional theories and practices for working with Asian American student. Watch online here. Download the slide deck.