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Title:The Evolution of an Asian American leader (bred in the cornfields of Champaign-Urbana)
Author(s):Imperial, Robert; Lee, Jason; Park, Yaeinn
Subject(s):Asian American
pan-ethnic community
Registered Student Organization
Abstract:Our paper focuses on the evolution of an Asian American leader. Each of us interviewed a specific person (freshman, senior, and alum) in order to understand their experiences as an active member within the Asian American community and track the transition within students as they are impacted by the university’s programs, organizations, and issues being fought for by the APA community. We emphasized the importance of Registered Student Organizations, Asian American Studies, and Asian American conferences as the main factors that contribute to the level of activism, leadership, and further involvement after graduation. We found that although many Asian American students at the U of I campus are somehow involved in the Asian American community, the plethora of RSO’s create a sense of segregation and ethnic specific congregation, which in turn causes pockets of comfort and narrow understanding of Asian America as a whole. Without pan-Asian American community, we believe it is difficult to further expand the academic and social arenas for Asian American college students in the future.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:AAS346 Section A (Asian American Youth)
Professor Soo Ah Kwon
Asian American youth make up one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. In this course we explored 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.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-16

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