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Title:Misidentified and Unidentified: Intersectionally Marginalized Asian American Student Groups at the University of Illinois
Author(s):Wong, Alan; Purtell, Stephanie
Asian American
International Students
Fall 2009
Abstract:With our research, we wanted to find out how misidentified and unidentified groups within the larger Asian American community organize and cope with minimal resources at the University of Illinois. We directed out focus mainly on international students and those of the LGBT community. We decided to interview and observe members of these communities. Our findings surprised us because we found that these groups consisted of more people than we have originally thought but also proved that these two groups need more help than the university is giving them.
Issue Date:2009
Course / Semester:Asian American youth make up one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. In this course we will explore the ways that second-generation Asian American youth are actively shaping the U.S. landscape in terms of identity formation, youth culture, education, and activism. These experiences will be examined within larger historical, economic, racial, social and political forces in the United States. In addition to an engagement of texts from different academic disciplines to provide us with theoretical perspectives of young people, this course will provide students with first hand research experience as part of The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) by engaging students in the research process and meaningfully interrogate the U of I. A desired outcome of the course is that engagement with both theory and research practice of issues concerning youth, and Asian American youth in particular, will allow students to gain a fuller understanding of race, class, culture, diversity, and gender in U.S society. Moreover, in conducting research related to Asian American youth on campus such as student organizations, sororities or fraternities, student housing life, religious life, and cultural houses, the course will provide students with the opportunity to closely examine issues of student racial diversity at the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-06-03

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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