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Ethnic Identity – Imelda Lee, BSc, BEd, MA

#PUP2018

Extraordinarily Ordinary:

A facilitated discussion on the experience of giftedness for gifted East Asian youth

Speaker: Imelda Lee, BSc, BEd, MA

Day & Time: Saturday, April 7, time TBA.

Location: Fraser Heights Secondary, 16060-108 Avenue, Surrey BC, V4N 1M1, room TBA.


Gifted East Asian students in cities like Vancouver with high proportions of immigrants experience a unique interplay of social and cultural influences contributing to their understanding of giftedness and talent development.

A cultural background that emphasises academic achievement, societal stereotypes such as the “model minority” and “math whiz”, and a continuing controversy over the meaning and treatment of giftedness in schools may have significant implications on the way gifted East Asian students express themselves and develop a gifted identity. When gifted East Asian students face challenges, cultural factors and societal expectations may exacerbate yet obscure the visibility of certain issues.

In this presentation, Imelda Lee shares her lived experience and that of her research participants. This presentation will also involve a discussion that aims to illuminate some of the nuances of the experiences of this group of students which may be hidden from or not understood well by educators and school counsellors, and to bring to light issues that supporters of this group are presently dealing with.


Imelda Lee is a school counsellor and gifted resource teacher at Carver Christian High School in Burnaby, BC.