Chinese-American Youths' Experiences With Delinquency and School Violence

Hsiao-Ming Wang, University of Houston - Downtown

Asian-Americans as a group are underrepresented in all areas of the criminal justice system from arrest through incarceration. This has led to stereotypes about the "model minority" (Wong, 1998; Toupin ^ Son, 1991) despite recent statistics that indicate more Asian-American juveniles becoming involved in school violence. Control theories suggest that Asian societies maintain relatively stronger social bonds that rely on informal protections against criminal and delinquent behaviors. This preliminary study explores the context of those bonds in surveys administered to 100 Chinese-American high school students from the Houston area. The analysis of the data gathered here represents only a first step in unraveling the relationship between culture conflict, bonds and insulation from deviance.

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Updated 05/20/2006