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“They See Us as Resource”: The Role of a Community-Based Youth Center in Supporting the Academic Lives of Low-Income Chinese American Youth


Nga-Wing Anjela Wong is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (


Based on a 15-week ethnographic-based research, this article examines the role of a community-based youth center in supporting the academic lives of Chinese American youth from low-income families in an east coast city I call “Harborview.” This study demonstrates the significant role that community-based organizations play for low-income immigrant youth in providing them with social capital. This study also challenges the portrayal of Asian Americans as model minorities who do not face any barriers. [Asian American education, community-based organizations, out-of-school-time programs, social capital]