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ERIC Number: ED520030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 244
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-1795-6
Identities of Becoming: Interviewing Asian Deaf Immigrants in America
Law, Christine Faith
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
This study of Asian deaf immigrant interviews focuses on identities of becoming. Identities of becoming are the forming and/or rupturing sense of an individual as new identities emerge and may result from struggles against imposed identities (Hall, 1990). David Moorhead (1995) writes, "people who are deaf--and those who work with them or share their lives--struggle continually against the meanings that others impose on their experience, and the way that this separates them from others. They struggle for acknowledgement of the way they see their lives and wish to live them, and aspire to connection with other people, to share and belong." Underlying this analysis is the examination of what counts as deaf culture. This study also challenges the traditional view of interviews as the product of neutral interviewers and passive interviewees since I had to modify the approach with each interviewee as I sought to gain insights into the interviewees' lived experiences of deafness across the different social and cultural contexts of their lives. The changing and emergent nature of the interviews gave the three focal interviewees (Chun, Ting, and Jasmine) and nine additional interviewees (Jay, Wang, Sun, Hung, Young, Fu, Ong, Jade, and Haley) room to inscribe their worlds by describing different spaces, times, and relationships in their deaf experiences. Their descriptions problematized the claims for the existence of an essentialized deaf culture. As interviewees Chun, Ting, and Jasmine drew on national contexts which gave them different opportunities for participating in new environments, their lived experiences were varied and nuanced. With such great differences, it is difficult to conclude that interviewees were part of the same worlds. Because cultures are neither constant nor certain, interview participants are constantly becoming a different self through discourse. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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