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ERIC Number: ED452337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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Apart and a Part: The Development of Individual and Group Identity of Asian American College Students.
Kuo, Elaine W.
This study explored the identity development of Asian American college students, especially in relation to the simultaneous development of individual and group identity. It examined how second-generation Asian Americans interpreted their evolving sense of self in relation to race/ethnicity and how their racial/ethnic identity affected their college experience. This study was conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles. Students completed individual interviews that encouraged introspection and focused on how individuals make sense of various academic and social experiences. Overall, students struggled to find balance between their inner and social selves. Students' racial/ethnic perspectives affected how they interpreted reality. They had to deal with preconceived notions about their group identity, which affected their struggle with how they defined Asian American identity and their place in it. Tension between group affiliation and individuality affected both college choice and academic major selection because students did not want to be categorized by race/ethnicity. Connection at some level with their racial/ethnic identity helped students' sense of self in the larger context. Peer groups were important because the dialogue between friends reinforced or challenged notions of the self. Students placed high value on connecting with other Asian Americans in a social context because of the unspoken level of understanding. (Contains 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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