Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Nikos Mourtos

Subject Areas

Educational leadership


Violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has become a national crisis in the United States. Racism against Asian Americans in the country, however, has been deep-rooted since the nineteenth century. Chinese American adolescents, who are susceptible to identity crisis as young adults and confront racial discrimination as a minority race, face distressing challenges. It is critical to inquire into their lived narratives and hear their voices. The author investigated the early life experiences of nine Chinese Americans and identified how racial identity is shaped at a young age with negative external inputs, as well as how racial identity intersects with linguistic identity and food identity. Additionally, the author confirmed a well-being instrument appropriate for Chinese American youth and discovered that the 130 survey participants measured from fair to very good in psychological well-being, emotional intelligence, and academic well-being. Furthermore, the author proposed and tested a new parenting instrument that measures parent-child interaction style, family acculturation choice, and Anti-Racism Parenting. The same survey revealed that there was room for improvement for Chinese American parents. A Pearson correlation analysis informs that there are 37 correlations between the 10 parenting variables and the 14 well-being variables. The author, using a system thinking approach, argues for the establishment of a Chinese American parenting center in Northern California as a practical first step to improve the well-being of Chinese American youth.