ERIC Number: ED420010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
"Double Happiness," Double Jeopardy: Exploring Ways in Which Ethnicity, Gender and High School Influence the Social Construction of Identity in Chinese American Girls.
Woo, Kimberley A.
W.E.B. Du Bois describes the dichotomy of double-consciousness--living as both "an American and a Negro." Goli Rezai-Rashti extends Du Bois's notion of double-consciousness to include gender. Through the lens of double/multiple-consciousness, this paper presents ways in which ethnicity, gender, and education influence the social construction of identity for three Chinese American girls. The girls were interviewed and observed in their school environment. Specific themes that emerged from the data were: "my behavior depends on whether or not I am in class,""balancing loyalty to family and self is not very easy," and "Asian American Sexuality." These themes were used to examine the participants' sense of "two-ness." Factors which influence the self-perceptions of the three girls presented in this paper are a product of the context in which they work and live, and the ongoing process of redefining their self-identities originates from both public (external) and private (internal) sources. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).