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Title:Asian American FEmale Students: The Impact of Involvement in Asian-Interest University Organizations on Beauty Norms and Fetishization
Subject(s):Asian American Women
Abstract:This project investigates the impact of involvement in Asian-interest University organizations on Asian American women and their perceptions on beauty norms and sexual fetishes. To obtain data, personal structured interviews and participant observations with Asian American female students were conducted. The findings showed that both Asian American females who were involved versus uninvolved in Asian-interest organizations shared similar beauty ideals and norms and had experiences of feeling sexualized and fetishized. Those involved in organizations had tendencies to dress with sex appeal in groups more often, whereas those uninvolved dressed with sex appeal occasionally when going to parties or special events.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:AAS 346; Fall 2010
Soo Ah Kwon, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-10-02

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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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