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Title:Asian American RSOs on campus
Author(s):AAS346 07-8
Subject(s):Asian American
Registered Student Organization
AAS346 F07
Abstract:This research was aimed at discovering whether Asian/ Asian American registered student organizations ( RSOs) cater to different immigrant generations. Four in-depth interviews were conducted with different student leaders of RSOs. Each of these interviews offered different immigrant generation perspectives lending to the various roles the RSOs serve. Although the findings from this project cannot be generalized, they did elude to the possibility that RSOs cater to specific immigrant generations. More research should be done to make concise conclusions about the roles that Asian/ Asian American RSOs serve for different immigrant generations.
Issue Date:2008-02-18
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Publication Status:unpublished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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  • Student Communities and Culture
    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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