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Title:"She's Got the Look": Cultural Beauty Ideals from the Asian American Woman's Perspective
Author(s):Devayya, Dhaya
Asian American
AAS346 F07
Abstract:This project investigates what Asian American women consider traditional Asian, Asian American, and mainstream American beauty ideals and practices, and which set they follow. The findings are further split between East Asian and South Asian perspectives. Data was gathered through participant observation and interviews of second generation Asian American women. Findings show that many characteristics are universally desirable. Asian American women have beauty ideals similar to the mainstream American standard with some traditional influence. While both groups try to emulate white beauty standards, East Asian Americans appear to make a more conscious effort to do so than South Asian Americans.
Issue Date:2008-02-19
Course / Semester: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:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-02-19

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    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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