This paper discusses four issues regarding the potential for research to be misguided when white, hearing persons, who are members of the majority culture, conduct investigations on members of two minority cultures, deaf and Asian-Pacific people. One potential danger is that researchers may draw conclusions that facilitate inappropriate stereotyping of deaf and Asian-Pacific persons. In addition, there are potential problems regarding credibility when researchers who are members of the majority culture write about individuals in a minority culture. Misguided work is less likely to occur when researchers who belong to the majority group are involved in the minority culture. However, involvement by such researchers is not enough; it is also important to have more researchers who are themselves members of deaf and Asian-Pacific minority groups.
Stinson, M. S. (2019). Research on Deaf Individuals by Hearing Persons: One Deaf Researcher’s Perspective. JADARA, 27(3). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jadara/vol27/iss3/8