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Title:"Self Identity: Comparing Asian American Adoptees and Second-Generation Asian Americans"
Author(s):Picklesimer, Ellen
Subject(s):Asian American
AAS346 F07
Abstract:After observations, interviews, and personal experiences, I was able to research and compare Asian American adoptees and second-generation Asian Americans and how their lives have shaped their identity. There were a variety of factors shown to have an effect on an individual's identity but I found that the environment an individual has been surrounded by has a large effect on whom and how they identify themselves. Data showed that there are similarities and differences when comparing Asian American adoptees and second-generation Asian American students here at the University of Illinois.
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Publication Status:unpublished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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