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Growing Up American

Author : Min Zhou
Publisher : Russell Sage Foundation
Page : 284 pages
File Size : 23,42 MB
Release : 1998-01-22
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 1610445686


Vietnamese Americans form a unique segment of the new U.S. immigrant population. Uprooted from their homeland and often thrust into poor urban neighborhoods, these newcomers have nevertheless managed to establish strong communities in a short space of time. Most remarkably, their children often perform at high academic levels despite difficult circumstances. Growing Up American tells the story of Vietnamese children and sheds light on how they are negotiating the difficult passage into American society. Min Zhou and Carl Bankston draw on research and insights from many sources, including the U.S. census, survey data, and their own observations and in-depth interviews. Focusing on the Versailles Village enclave in New Orleans, one of many newly established Vietnamese communities in the United States, the authors examine the complex skein of family, community, and school influences that shape these children's lives. With no ties to existing ethnic communities, Vietnamese refugees had little control over where they were settled and no economic or social networks to plug into. Growing Up American describes the process of building communities that were not simply transplants but distinctive outgrowths of the environment in which the Vietnamese found themselves. Family and social organizations re-formed in new ways, blending economic necessity with cultural tradition. These reconstructed communities create a particular form of social capital that helps disadvantaged families overcome the problems associated with poverty and ghettoization. Outside these enclaves, Vietnamese children faced a daunting school experience due to language difficulties, racial inequality, deteriorating educational services, and exposure to an often adversarial youth subculture. How have the children of Vietnamese refugees managed to overcome these challenges? Growing Up American offers important evidence that community solidarity, cultural values, and a refugee sensibility have provided them with the resources needed to get ahead in American society. Zhou and Bankston also document the price exacted by the process of adaptation, as the struggle to define a personal identity and to decide what it means to be American sometimes leads children into conflict with their tight-knit communities. Growing Up American is the first comprehensive study of the unique experiences of Vietnamese immigrant children. It sets the agenda for future research on second generation immigrants and their entry into American society.

Growing Up American

Author : Selma Cantor Berrol
Publisher : Macmillan Reference USA
Page : 160 pages
File Size : 23,12 MB
Release : 1995
Category : Children of immigrants


The child of Italian parents growing up at the turn of the century in New York City and the child of Mexican parents growing up today in Los Angeles likely share much in common. To suffer the loss of a familiar place, to feel like an outsider in a new one, to be torn between the cultural values of those old and new places, to know discrimination, to grow up in poverty: this has long and often been the lot of immigrant children. Growing Up American is a testament to the struggles, the defeats, and the accomplishments of these children - be they Italian or Mexican, German or Irish, West Indian or Asian - on their way to becoming adults.

Growing Up America

Author : Susan Eckelmann Berghel
Publisher : University of Georgia Press
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 13,89 MB
Release : 2019
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 0820356638


Growing Up America brings together new scholarship that considers the role of children and teenagers in shaping American political life during the decades following the Second World War. Growing Up America places young people-and their representations-at the center of key political trends, illuminating the dynamic and complex roles played by youth in the midcentury rights revolutions, in constructing and challenging cultural norms, and in navigating the vicissitudes of American foreign policy and diplomatic relations. The authors featured here reveal how young people have served as both political actors and subjects from the early Cold War through the late twentieth-century Age of Fracture. At the same time, Growing Up America contends that the politics of childhood and youth extends far beyond organized activism and the ballot box. By unveiling how science fairs, breakfast nooks, Boy Scout meetings, home economics classrooms, and correspondence functioned as political spaces, this anthology encourages a reassessment of the scope and nature of modern politics itself.

Growing Up in America

Author : Brad Christerson
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Page : 217 pages
File Size : 44,88 MB
Release : 2010-04-28
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 0804760519


---Michael O. Emerson, Rice University --

My Life: Growing Up Asian in America

Author : CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 256 pages
File Size : 47,88 MB
Release : 2022-05-17
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 1982195371


A collection of thirty heartfelt, witty, and hopeful thought pieces “that highlights the humanity and multitudes of being Asian American” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), for fans of Minor Feelings. There are 23 million people, representing more than twenty countries, each with unique languages, histories, and cultures, clumped under one banner: Asian American. Though their experiences are individual, certain commonalities appear. -The pressure to perform and the weight of the model minority myth. -The proximity to whiteness (for many) and the resulting privileges. -The desexualizing, exoticizing, and fetishizing of their bodies. -The microaggressions. -The erasure and overt racism. Through a series of essays, poems, and comics, thirty creators give voice to moments that defined them and shed light on the immense diversity and complexity of the Asian American identity. Edited by CAPE and with an introduction by renowned journalist SuChin Pak, My Life: Growing Up Asian in America is a celebration of community, a call to action, and “a vital record of the Asian American experience” (Publishers Weekly). It’s the perfect gift for any occasion. Featuring contributions from bestselling authors Melissa de la Cruz, Marie Lu, and Tanaïs; journalists Amna Nawaz, Edmund Lee, and Aisha Sultan; TV and film writers Teresa Hsiao, Heather Jeng Bladt, and Nathan Ramos-Park; and industry leaders Ellen K. Pao and Aneesh Raman, among many more.

Growing Up Jewish in America

Author : Myrna Frommer
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
Page : 300 pages
File Size : 40,77 MB
Release : 1999-10-01
Category : History
ISBN : 9780803269002


Brings together the childhood memories of a hundred men and women, young and old, who reflect on family life, interaction with the gentile world, and the meaning of peace

Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction

Author : Ymitri Mathison
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Page : 252 pages
File Size : 14,83 MB
Release : 2017-11-20
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 1496815076


Contributions by Hena Ahmad, Linda Pierce Allen, Mary J. Henderson Couzelis, Sarah Park Dahlen, Lan Dong, Tomo Hattori, Jennifer Ho, Ymitri Mathison, Leah Milne, Joy Takako Taylor, and Traise Yamamoto Often referred to as the model minority, Asian American children and adolescents feel pressured to perform academically and be disinterested in sports, with the exception of martial arts. Boys are often stereotyped as physically unattractive nerds and girls as petite and beautiful. Many Americans remain unaware of the diversity of ethnicities and races the term Asian American comprises, with Asian American adolescents proving to be more invisible than adults. As a result, Asian American adolescents are continually searching for their identity and own place in American society. For these kids, being or considered to be American becomes a challenge in itself as they assert their Asian and American identities; claim their own ethnic identity, be they immigrant or American-born; and negotiate their ethnic communities. The contributors to Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction focus on moving beyond stereotypes to examine how Asian American children and adolescents define their unique identities. Chapters focus on primary texts from many ethnicities, such as Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, South Asian, and Hawaiian. Individual chapters, crossing cultural, linguistic, and racial boundaries, negotiate the complex terrain of Asian American children's and teenagers" identities. Chapters cover such topics as internalized racism and self-loathing; hyper-sexualization of Asian American females in graphic novels; interracial friendships; transnational adoptions and birth searches; food as a means of assimilation and resistance; commodity racism and the tourist gaze; the hostile and alienating environment generated by the War on Terror; and many other topics.

Growing Up Native American

Author : Patricia Riley
Publisher : New York : Morrow
Page : 338 pages
File Size : 12,16 MB
Release : 1993
Category : American literature
ISBN : 9780688118501


"22 Native American writers, from the nineteenth century to the 1990s, write in fiction and essay about childhood. Black Elk, Leslie Marmon Silko, Michael Dorris, Louise Erdrich, N. Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, Basil Johnston, and many more"--Cover.

Growing Up in Latin America

Author : Marco Ramírez Rojas
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Page : 301 pages
File Size : 16,38 MB
Release : 2022-07-18
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 1666916889


Growing up in Latin America is a collection of essays centered on the representation of the political and historical agency of children and youth within the sociohistorical panorama of Latin American countries during the 20th and 21st centuries. Questions of gender, migration, violence, postcoloniality, and precarity are central to this volume.