The Little Tokyo Service Center and Language Barrier Assessment

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The field placement for my concentration year is at the Little Tokyo Service Center working with mono-lingual Korean seniors. 1st generation monolingual Asian American senior citizens often experience marginalization because of limited resources in addition to language barriers. As a result, monolingual Asian American seniors are constantly experiencing multiple barriers in society, because of the disenfranchisement of people of color. Delgado and Stefancic (2001) describe the stratification of the Eurocentric ideology and values that are embedded in the United States. Because of the values in American society, people are expected to acculturate towards western ideals. Consequently, many 1st generation monolingual Asian American seniors…show more content…
The follow section will focus on apply the two theories of CRT /I and Social Constructionism in the practice situation of working with monolingual Asian American seniors, which will be evaluated by using six criterions in assessing the strengths in the theories: person in environment, voice of marginalized, working with diverse populations, social work values and ethnics, social justice and empowerment and my own values. Since monolingual Asian American seniors experience marginalization, CRT /I and Social Constructionism will reflect best practices when working with monolingual Asian American seniors. The criterion of person in environment focuses on learning about the multiple identities of the monolingual Asian American seniors. CSUDH’s MSW Self-Study (2009) describes person in environment as a critical approach in empowering the co-participant’s interdependence and autonomous goals. Hence, in assisting monolingual Asian American seniors in becoming empowered, practitioners need to become culturally competent in focusing on the individuality and strengths of the co-participants. CRT /I are critical tools in locating the multiple diverse identities of monolingual Asian American seniors. Ortiz and Jayshree (2010) describe CRT /I as understanding the whole diverse situation of the co-participant, and using personal strengths to empower and advocate for social change.

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