Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

David M. Donahue

Abstract

Climate change and environmental pollution have been threatening people’s lives in recent years. Many educators and environmentalists have called for environmental justice education. However, most of the dominant mainstream forms of environmental education perpetuate environmental injustice, continue systemic oppression of marginalized communities, and do not lead to the needed transformation. Neoliberalism makes environmental education individualistic, and education for environmental justice requires cultural recognition. Additionally, the environmental contribution from Asian American communities is always marginalized. My paper conducted semi-structured interviews with three Asian American environmental activists. Based on the qualitative interviews, we are able to see Asian American activists’ experience in environmental movements and understand the worldview of environmental justice by Asian Americans and immigrants. Learning about Asian Americans’ environmental activism provides valuable resources and makes us rethink the educational purpose of environmental justice and environmental education strategies, including intersectional environmentalism, art-based pedagogy, and ethnic studies as critical methods of education for environmental justice.

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