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ERIC Number: EJ915794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
"How Asian Am I?": Asian American Youth Cultures, Drug Use, and Ethnic Identity Construction
Hunt, Geoffrey; Moloney, Molly; Evans, Kristin
Youth & Society, v43 n1 p274-304 Mar 2011
This article analyzes the construction of ethnic identity in the narratives of 100 young Asian Americans in a dance club/rave scene. Authors examine how illicit drug use and other consuming practices shape their understanding of Asian American identities, finding three distinct patterns. The first presents a disjuncture between Asian American ethnicity and drug use, seeing their own consumption as exceptional.The second argues their drug consumption is a natural outgrowth of their Asian American identity, allowing them to navigate the liminal space they occupy in American society. The final group presents Asian American drug use as normalized and constructs identity through taste and lifestyle boundary markers within social contexts of the dance scenes. These three narratives share a sense of ethnicity as dynamic, provisional, and constructed, allowing one to go beyond the static, essentialist models of ethnic identity that underlie much previous research on ethnicity, immigration, and substance use. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California