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ERIC Number: ED479337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 33
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Recognizing, Respecting, and Representing: Three R's of Asian Indian Cultural Identity in American Schools.
Mehra, Beloo
This paper presents a collection of narratives of ways in which cultural identities of Asian American parents and children interact with their experiences in U.S. schools. This qualitative study was designed to understand the complexities of the ways in which the unique cultural identities of Asian Indian children and their parents interact with school environments. Parents in four Indian American families in a Midwestern university town consented to participate, for a total of eight elementary school students. Semistructured and open-ended interviews were conducted with parents, children, and school personnel. The narrative approach allowed the emic voice of research participants to take center stage as the etic interpretation of the researcher is given. These first-person accounts show views of individual and collective identities in the public context of the school. Such accounts can be used in curriculum examination of race, ethnicity, and culture and can strengthen resistance against essentialist and reductionist portraits of ethnic groups. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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