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Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

"Minority Times Two": A look at life for an LGBT student of Asian descent on campus

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Title: "Minority Times Two": A look at life for an LGBT student of Asian descent on campus
Author(s): Benham, Greg
Subject(s): Ethnicity LGBT Gay Discrimination AAS346 F07 Asian Asian American
Abstract: In this project I investigated the lives of LGBT students of Asian descent on campus through interviews and observations and how difficult it was to embrace their sexuality on campus and what support they received from the university. I discovered that in proportion to their population on campus, LGBT students of Asian descent were very underrepresented. This was put down to pressure from family and community as well as potential discrimination on campus. Also, I found a distinction between Asian and Asian American students with Asian students studying from abroad more likely to embrace their sexuality here. Finally, I also discovered discrimination from the university administration itself against not only Asian American students but LGBT students as well.
Issue Date: 2008-02-19
Series/Report: AAS 346, Asian American Youth, Prof. Soo Ah Kwon: This course explores the ways that second-generation Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth are actively shaping the U.S. landscape in terms of identity formation, youth cultural production, education, organizing, and community formations. These experiences are examined within larger historical, economic, racial, social and political forces in the United States. Rather than approach the study of youth through a developmental psychological model of adolescence, this course will examine youth as a culturally specific social formation. We will engage with texts that draw from different academic disciplines to provide us with theoretical, historical, and ethnographic perspectives of young people. We will also compare and situate the unique (and not so unique) experiences of API youth with young people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The course syllabus is available at: www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/AAS346F07.doc
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3630
Publication Status: unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-19
 

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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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