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Title:The Motivations and Passions of Asian American Studies Minors
Author(s):Chan, Kenneth
Subject(s):Asian American studies
minor fields
Abstract:My research project looked at the motivations and reasons behind students becoming Asian American studies minors, with an attempt to focus on reasons of ethnic formation and self-identity issues. Other aspects of this research included finding out what interested Asian American studies minors the most, and what issues they felt more passionate about. Information was gathered through a observation of an Asian American studies class and interviews with two Asian American studies minors and the Asian American studies student adviser. Through my research I found that while there were certainly strong feelings about identity development, there were other major motivations of social justice and creating cross cultural connections.
Issue Date:2012-01
Course / Semester:AAS 346; Fall 2011
Soo Ah Kwon, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-10-30

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