course »Asian Privilege and Oppression: Where Do We Enter Into The Conversation in Working with System-Involved Families?

Date: 9/26/2019, 9:15 am—1:15 pm
County: Alameda County
Location: Berkeley
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
With Asians accounting for 60% of the world’s population, representing over 25 countries, it is difficult to make any generalizations or aggregate any statistics on a group that is so large and diverse. In terms of the populations that have immigrated to the United States, there is a deep diversity dependent on what generation, and from which countries, and what socioeconomic status people arrived to this country. For service providers and caregivers, it is important to take stock of one’s own identity in relation to issues of privilege and oppression and also in terms of the identities of the populations being served. How does your identity help or hinder you in your work with youth and families in care? Even within the Asian identity, there can be a wide disparity between privileged and oppressed experiences depending on historical, geographical and economic contexts. Who are the clients you are serving?

This training will provide participants an opportunity to have a facilitated discussion on this topic and to do self-reflection on one’s own identity, whether it be Asian or not. The training will provide some historical context, an analysis of immigration waves and provide current statistics about the Asian populations being served in social services. Providers and caregivers in the child welfare or probation systems will contribute to the discussion with their own experiences working with various Asian populations and working across difference.