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Title:Caught in the Middle: Indian American youth and their dating preferences
Author(s):Patel, Amy
Subject(s):Indian American
Dating
Cultural Houses
Immigrants
AAS346 F07
Abstract:Through interviews and observations on campus, I explored the dating habits and preferences of Indian American students. The amount of time a person’s family has been in this country and their own assimilation level would affect their views on this topic. Interviews showed that not only does the time factor matter but the reason for the move to this country plays a part. Families that choose to come here for opportunity and long-term stay have a more liberal and Western way of thinking. The Indian Student Association holds events that help Indian students feel more connected with their ethnicity and hence allows for dating within their own race.
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: www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/AAS346F07.doc
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3633
Publication Status:unpublished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.
  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    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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