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ERIC Number: EJ1056702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
A Critical Biculturalist Approach to Ethnic Student Organizations
Chung, Jennifer Y.
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v8 n1 p30-42 Mar 2015
This article presents a case study of a Korean American student organization described as "struggling" by student leaders and administrators. Student leaders blamed themselves; however, I shift from an evaluative and utilitarian approach to ethnic student organizations to an analysis of ethnic student organizations (ESOs) as sites for learning about bicultural students. I use the methodology of case study and the conceptual framework of critical biculturalism to identify 2 factors that impacted the organization: essentialized and, at the same time, uncertain notions of Korean culture; and the influence of a majority Korean American evangelical church. Taking these into account, I find that students' leadership of the organization may be an expression of their "tactical responses" as bicultural beings. Ultimately, this case study reveals that struggling ESOs should not be written off and offers a critical biculturalist approach to how students of color make sense of and live out the complexities and contradictions of identity, culture, and power.
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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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