A timed crisis: Australian education, migrant Asian teachers, and critical autoethnography

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Teo, Aaron. 2022. "A timed crisis: Australian education, migrant Asian teachers, and critical autoethnography." Kara, Helen and Khoo, Su-ming (ed.) Qualitative and Digital Research in Times of Crisis: Methods, Reflexivity and Ethics. United Kingdom. Policy Press. pp. 191-203
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A timed crisis: Australian education, migrant Asian teachers, and critical autoethnography

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2968
Book TitleQualitative and Digital Research in Times of Crisis: Methods, Reflexivity and Ethics
AuthorsTeo, Aaron
EditorsKara, Helen and Khoo, Su-ming
Page Range191-203
Chapter Number12
Number of Pages13
Year2022
PublisherPolicy Press
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9781447363828
9781447363811
9781447363798
9781447363804
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv2321kdr.17
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/abs/qualitative-and-digital-research-in-times-of-crisis/timed-crisis-australian-education-migrant-asian-teachers-and-critical-autoethnography/6C68617A64CB9605FC3805BCD8069016
Abstract

Crises come in many forms. Global events and national catastrophes such as the COVID-19 pandemic present significant social, economic, and environmental challenges, resulting in disruption and obstacles to research. Crises can also take the form of personal-political-pedagogical-
philosophical predicaments, particularly for minority researchers at the interstice of simultaneously experiencing and working against racism. In this autoethnographic chapter, I explore how these dual crises entangle with/in and through the process of conducting research during my doctoral journey. Specifically, I interrogate the ongoing climate of COVID-19 racism against individuals from “Asian” backgrounds and the commensurate urgency of foregrounding silenced voices and telling marginalised stories as a means of exposing, analysing, and challenging majoritarian stories of racial privilege. To that end, I use my “Asian” self-as-event to share a narrative that draws on private details and emotions to invite a wide range of traditional and non-traditional audiences to empathise and actively participate in the authored experiences to co-create meaning. In so doing, I advocate for the power of critical autoethnography in invoking contemplation and subsequent action based on the social, moral, and ethical implications of the different (racialized) standpoints encountered.

Keywordscritical autoethnography; Asian Australian; anti-Asian racism; research methods; COVID-19
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390499. Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
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