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ERIC Number: ED162229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Eurasians: A Pilot Study.
Moritsugu, John; And Others
Increasing rates of out-marriages among the Asian communities indicate the Asian-American's acceptance by the dominant American culture while posing a potential social problem for their children. Given two divergent cultures the children face conflicts over cultural values accepted and cultural communities embraced. Some of these possible conflicts are examined. Twenty-nine college age males and females of Eurasian extraction were interviewed and given Gough's (1952) Adjective Check List. They were found to identify more often as Caucasians than Asians. This identification, however, was influenced by the ethnicity of the neighborhood in which they were raised. A large proportion of Eurasians did not see themselves as a part of the neighborhood's majority culture. This feeling of minority status may partly explain the Eurasian's description of themselves as being sensitive, cautious, dependable, and honest. Also of interest were attitudes towards interracial marriages. While Asian-Caucasian marriages were approved of in general, the Asian female-Caucasian male pairing was more desirable than was the Asian male-Caucasian female pairing. These findings reflect some of the Eurasian's internal conflicts. Areas of concern include identity, self concept, sense of belonging, and social attitudes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (58th, San Francisco, California, April 19-22, 1978)