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Youth Gangs, Racism, and Schooling

Vietnamese American Youth in a Postcolonial Context

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Winner of the American Educational Studies Association 2016 Critics' Choice Book Award

Youth Gangs, Racism, and Schooling examines the formation of Vietnamese American youth gangs in Southern California. Lam addresses the particularities of racism, violence, and schooling in an era of anti-youth legislation and frames gang members as post-colonial subjects, offering an alternative analysis toward humanization and decolonization.


Race and racism Postcolonial studies Youth studies Youth violence Asian American youth gangs Vietnamese American youth gangs Critical pedagogy Urban Education Multiculturalism Cultural Studies Inter-ethnic conflict Los Angeles Southern California Asian American Studies Asian American Education Sociology Ethnic studies American studies conflict education ethnic studies migration politics Presse schooling sociology violence

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Kevin D. Lam is Assistant Professor of Urban and Diversity Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Drake University, USA

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“Lam’s is an analysis that is both timely and urgent. It beckons us to look once more, with greater depth and determination into the complexities of our times, the dehumanization of those deemed expendable within them, and the role of society’s institutions in sanctioning and exacerbating these crises.” (Kamau Rashid, Educational Studies, January, 2018)

“Using empirical, evidence-based, and informed positions to synthesize the post and contemporary politics of migration, space, and racialization, [Lam’s] analysis provides a thought-provoking and stirring viewpoint of humanization and decolonization for teaching and learning.”  (James Martinez, Teachers College Record, 2017)

“Youth Gangs, Racism, and Schooling is a timely contribution to Asian American studies and educational research.” (Rachel Endo, Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 20 (2), June, 2017)

“Perhaps Lam’s greatest contribution is in combining a critical, liberationist, decolonizing lens which shows the reader how racism is a byproduct of class formation and political economy.” (David M. Lee, Multicultural Perspectives, Vol. 18 (4), 2016)

“In Fanonian fashion, Lam reminds us that the subaltern not only speaks but writes back, talks back and researches back in order to humanize the struggle for liberation associated with the U.S. foreign policies and criminalization of youth.” (Ezekiel Joubert III, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Vol. 20 (1), 2016)