Looking Up: A Short Woman's View of Heightist Society

  • Lora Nakamura California State University, Long Beach


This narrative describes an MSW student's experiences with heightism as an Asian American female in the social work arena. While at some point in their educational career social workers are made aware of discrimination as it pertains to age, gender, class, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation; awareness is not present about discrimination as it pertains specifically to height. The exploration of heightism in the social work field catalyzes the narrator to reflect on her past experiences with discrimination, her realization of the ways heightism continues to be largely ignored, and her reasons for entering the profession. The oppressive mechanism of silencing target populations is explored as it pertains to height discrimination, as well as the intersection of heightism and racial discrimination towards Asian American.

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