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ERIC Number: ED479132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-9
Pages: 38
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African Immigrants in Higher Education: Racial and Ethnic Identity Development, Maintenance, and Support.
Offoh, Chidimma
This study, part of a larger investigation of African immigrants to the United States, focused on the issues of the African immigrants racial and ethnic identity in relation to African American counterparts and the struggle against Americanization for some of these immigrant students. Also studied were African immigrants perceptions of themselves in the realm of education. Participants were a small sample of black African college students, who were voluntary immigrants. Personal interviews were conducted, and each participant completed a 20-question Likert-type scale. Many participants drew a clear distinction between themselves and African Americans, some because of attitudes of their parents. Immigrants generally believed there is a lack of unification among African Americans. Many immigrants expressed feelings of frustration and alienation because of a perceived lack of interest in African culture on the part of African Americans. Immigrants also often expressed disappointment at not being acknowledged as African by the African American community, but only being seen as "black." Many immigrants perceived that whites were more welcoming, showing more interest in African cultures than did African Americans. Interview reports provide many insights into the viewpoints of African immigrants. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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