Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories

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"Those who find themselves living in the Americas, no matter what their ethnic, educational, or economic background, must ultimately 'become their own personalities,' melding their point of view with their points of origin and their places of settlement. For immigrant or refugee families and their children, this 'process of becoming' often means struggling with the contradictions of race, generation, economics, class, work, religion, gender, and sexuality within the family, workplace, or school. . . . Perhaps nowhere is the struggle more raw,
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Overview

"Those who find themselves living in the Americas, no matter what their ethnic, educational, or economic background, must ultimately 'become their own personalities,' melding their point of view with their points of origin and their places of settlement. For immigrant or refugee families and their children, this 'process of becoming' often means struggling with the contradictions of race, generation, economics, class, work, religion, gender, and sexuality within the family, workplace, or school. . . . Perhaps nowhere is the struggle more raw, poignant, and moving than in the words of the younger generation at the cusp of such becoming. We readers can also find insights within the candid accounts of their personal lives and in the experiences of their family and friends."—from Balancing Two WorldsBalancing Two Worlds highlights themes surrounding the creation of Asian American identity. This book contains fourteen first-person narratives by Asian American college students, most of whom have graduated during the first five years of the twenty-first century. Their engaging accounts detail the students' very personal struggles with issues of assimilation, gender, religion, sexuality, family conflicts, educational stereotypes, and being labeled the "model minority." Some of the students relate stories drawn from their childhood and adolescent experiences, while others focus more on their college experiences at Dartmouth. Anyone who wants to learn about the changing concept of race in America and what it's like to be a young American of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Burmese, or South Asian descent—from educators and college administrators to students and their families—will find Balancing Two Worlds a compelling read and a valuable resource.
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Editorial Reviews

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"As wonderfully diverse and complex as life itself, these narratives crafted by Asian American college students and their guides unfold in the reading, and reveal identity and community, like memory and history, to be situated and fragmentary formations."—Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University, author of The Columbia Guide to Asian American History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801473845
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Garrod is Professor Emeritus of Education at Dartmouth College. He is coeditor of Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories, First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories, Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories, Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories, and Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories, all from Cornell.

Robert Kilkenny is Executive Director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention and a Clinical Associate in the School of Social Work at Simmons College. He is coeditor of Mixed; Mi Voz, Mi Vida; and Balancing Two Worlds, all from Cornell.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction: Asian Americans: "Now Becoming Aware of Their Own Personality"   Russell C. Leong     1
Generating New Identities
Sticks and Salt   Phuoc Nguyen     17
Distilling My Korean American Identity   Patrick S.     37
Turning against Myself   Amy Lee     47
Challenging the "Model Minority" Label
Receding Past, Advancing Future   Kenneth Lee     67
Balancing on the Hyphen   Fuyuki Hirashima     90
Korea Is My Heart and Soul, America Is My Mind and Spirit   Leah Lee     108
Origins and Ethnicities
In Search of a Sangam   Asha Gupta     125
A Muslim Citizen of the Democratic West   Aly Rahim     137
American Pie   Dean Krishna     150
My Permanent Home   Sabeen Hassanali     169
What Are You?
A Little Plot of No-Man's-Land   Ki Mae Ponniah Heussner     187
Multihued   Anthony R. Luckett     203
Emerging Diversities
No Such Thing...   Johnny Lee     221
Farewell My Tung-Tew   Vincent Ng     242
Afterword: Revolution and Revelations: The Personal Journey and the Definition of Community   Vernon Takeshita     259
About the Editors, the Introduction Author, and the Afterword Author     269
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