ERIC Number: EJ932018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
"Are We 'Real' Americans?": Cultural Production of "Forever Foreigners" at a Diversity Event
Park, Gilbert C.
Education and Urban Society, v43 n4 p451-467 Jul 2011
Although the history of Asian immigrants dates back to the 17th century, their status as authentic Americans is still questioned today. With this in mind, this article looks at how a diversity event at a racially diverse inner-city high school produces the image of Asian Americans as "forever foreigners." Using qualitative tools like observation and interviews, the article argues that mere celebration of cultural differences at a diversity event with a focus on teaching about the differences and improving human relations narrowly defines "real" Americans to mean cultureless Whites. Korean students are consequently portrayed as unauthentic Americans. The findings add to the ongoing discussions on Asian American school experiences, the construction of whiteness in schools, and schools' approaches to diversity.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Cultural Differences, Human Relations, Asian Americans, North Americans, Immigrants, Cultural Pluralism, Urban Areas, High School Students, Korean Americans, Observation, Interviews, Cultural Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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