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ERIC Number: ED455356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 41
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The Racial and Ethnic Identities of Dominicans in New York City.
Katayama, Tamara
This study examined the ways that theories of assimilation and identification could be applied to Dominicans in New York, discussing the different systems and histories of race relations and classifications. Data came from interviews with 21 adolescents and young adults categorized as first generation; generation 1.5 (youth who had lived in the United States slightly more than half of their lives); second generation; and apolitical (older first generation immigrants who demonstrated a lower acceptance of African heritage and much less liberal racial views). Results indicated that family, peers, and community played large roles in encouraging pride in Dominican heritage. First generation Dominicans tended to emphasize their immigrant orientation, generation 1.5 youth tended to be Dominican oriented, and the second generation was slowly moving toward an identification by American terms. Respondents demonstrated a positive self-image and pride in their ethnic background, recognizing the African contribution to Dominican culture and race. They emphasized that identity should be left for the individual to decide, defying assimilation and American classification systems on many levels. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)