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ERIC Number: EJ1054429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
"Fresh off the Boat?" Racial Microaggressions That Target South Asian Canadian Students
Poolokasingham, Gauthamie; Spanierman, Lisa B.; Kleiman, Sela; Houshmand, Sara
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v7 n3 p194-210 Sep 2014
The present study sought to examine South Asian Canadian undergraduate students' (N = 7) experiences with racial microaggressions at a research-intensive Canadian university. Participants ranged in age from 19-23 years and comprised various ethnic groups (e.g., Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, and Tamil). Data were collected during a semistructured focus group interview and were analyzed using the consensual qualitative research method (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997). Eight themes emerged. Novel themes included the following: "perceived as fresh off the boat," "excluded from social life," "notion that being Brown is a liability," "assumption of ties to terrorism," and "compelled to be a cultural expert." Three additional themes were consistent with prior research on Asian Americans (Sue, Bucceri, Lin, Nadal, & Torino, 2007): "ascription of intelligence in stereotypical domains," "invalidation of interethnic and racial differences," and "treated as invisible." Implications for research and campus interventions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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