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Call for Book Chapters

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

Call for Book Chapters 

Title: Professional and Pedagogical Identities of Asian and Asian-American Art Educators in North America

Editors: Ryan Shin, Maria Lim, Oksun Lee & Sandrine Han

The history and contribution of Asian art educators to North American art education has been significant in terms of research and publications (Delacruz, 2012; Garber, 2017; Han, 2013; Shin, Lim, Bae-Dimitriadis & Lee, 2017), curriculum development (Chung, 2012), and teaching in PreK-12 schools and other educational settings. By sharing and enhancing the art and culture of Asia through professional organization activities, university courses, and museum programs, art educators provide concrete and engaging resources to address and highlight the value of Asian art and culture in art education. The editors believe that the works and identities of Asian art educators who teach and study Asian artistic traditions, philosophies, and popular culture should be documented and preserved as professional and pedagogical narratives. Since the major immigration of Asian art educators in the 1990s or earlier, only a few studies (Choe, 2010; Kan, 2009; Lee, 2012; Shin, 2010) have addressed the professional identities of Asian art educators in U.S. higher education; their professional and pedagogical identities have not yet been recognized or highlighted as a collective story. As an endorsed book project by NAEA Asian Art and Culture Interest Group, we believe it is timely to collect and share their narratives in terms of research and pedagogical practices from the standpoint of Asian art educators’ professional identity in North American educational settings.

Therefore, we invite authors to submit an abstract of their narrative to be considered for publication. The book will make significant contributions to the field of art education, as we celebrate the contribution of one of the under-represented minority groups of art educators. This book will also make an ideal scholarly resource to explore Asian and Asian-American art educators’ identity formation, construction, and development in North America, along with documenting their research and teaching practices. The narratives of contributors will also be presented as border stories between Asian and mainstream educational and research practices. Our book will include three sections, as follows.

Section I: Narratives of immigrant Asian art educators

We are seeking narratives of professional and pedagogical identity exploration of Asian art educators who immigrated to North America and have developed their identity as researchers and/or educators. We invite you to share your stories of navigating the American art education system and structure to develop and sustain identities as researchers, teachers, and museum and community educators. In this section, cultural and professional identity formation and development will be accepted, encouraging to include a story or episode to highlight your experiences and works. As we focus on our book as a collection of narratives, rather than scholarly discussion, citations and references should be at a minimum. We also suggest that you share the professional and personal experience as Asian art education faculty, graduate students, and museum and community educators, as well as retired art educators’ self-reflective narratives

Section II: Narratives of North America born Asian American art educator

We encourage art education researchers, community/museum art educators, and/or PreK-12 art teachers to share their narratives to address their identity exploration, teaching practices, and pedagogical issues or concerns as Asian American art educators. This section will provide a space for art educators who experience, develop, or struggle with identity, including benefits and challenges from teaching art as Asian American educators. We believe that your voices and stories will enhance the diversity and inclusion of Asian American art education, so this book will be a collective exploration of Asian American art educators. Please consider some of these questions: How do you negotiate or address your research and identity in the classroom? What are your pedagogical concerns, strengths, and directions related to your ethnic identity? How is your identity affecting, reinforcing, or interfering with your research or teaching practice? What are the main questions lingering in your work as an Asian American art educator?

Section III: Identity intersection/interaction: Stories of non-Asian art educators

In this section, we seek the narrative of authors who are deeply engaged with exploring identity and cultural intersections between the author’s culture and a particular Asian nationality, ethnicity, or cultural group. Many non-Asian art teachers and researchers have examined and emphasized Asian art and visual culture in their research and teaching practices. Authors are expected to address their identity transformation or intersection, as they have engaged with Asian art and culture in research and the classroom. Stories and episodes of shifting and reshaping identity are encouraged to include in the chapter, along with an example of a culturally sensitive incident or anecdotal narrative. We also invite the stories of art educators who work extensively with Asian K-12 students or graduate students.

Submission Information:

Written manuscripts (1500 words) following MLA 8th edition, graphic novels, or photo essays are welcome. Please send one-page (250 words) abstract via email to: by February 28th, 2020. We will contact you as soon as possible when the initial review process is complete. If you have any questions or inquires about book chapter format and example, please contact any of the editors: Ryan Shin, University of Arizona,; Maria Lim, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,; Oksun Lee, University of Central Oklahoma,; Sandrine Han, The University of British Columbia,

Note: The publication venue will be identified and notified to the authors in Spring 2020.

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