restricted access Replenishing the Ranks: Raising Critical Consciousness Among Asian Americans

Based on interviews with 30 Asian Americans, this article examines the process by which respondents developed a pan-Asian American critical consciousness and commitment to social action. Key factors that contribute to the development of a critical consciousness include: exposure to "meaningful" information which helps respondents situate their lives in larger social contexts; the presence of social support to help break isolation and encourage the exploration of new ideas; and involvement in organizations and political action. The article's goal is to assist activists and educators who seek to "replenish the ranks" by bringing new generations into the Asian American movement.