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ERIC Number: EJ877741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Between "What I Am" and "What I Am Not": Asians and Asian Americans in Contention and Conversation
Pyon, Heekyong Teresa; Cao, Yan; Li, Huey-li
Educational Perspectives, v40 n1 p13-18 2007
In this article, the authors examine "the complex processes of identity formation among Asians in America" by means of a narrative self-inquiry that explores the formation of their own multilayered identities. They do this by telling a story of becoming Asians and/or Asian Americans. They start with Heekyong Teresa Pyon's narrative of becoming an "in-between generation Korean American." Next, Yan Cao undertakes a critical inquiry into her identity formation during a cross-cultural academic journey in the U.S. Finally, Huey-li Li recollects and reflects on her struggle with the labels of "Asian" and "Asian American" in shaping her political identity in the academy. Through the stories that they tell, the authors hope to explicate the intersection between individual identities and group identities and affinities in order to stimulate cross-cultural dialogues and conversation about coexistence, reconciliation, recognition, and multiculturalism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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