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Luis Urrieta and George W. Noblit

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190676087.001.0001

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Spaces in Between

Spaces in Between

A Meta-Ethnography of Racialized Southeast Asian American Youth Identities

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Cultural Constructions of Identity

Lan Quach Kolano

Cherese Childers-McKee

Elena King

Oxford University Press

“Spaces in Between: A Meta-Ethnography of Racialized Southeast Asian American Youth Identities” explores how youth identities within this community are defined, understood in the current literature, and racialized as a collective. The authors use meta-ethnography as a methodological tool to critically examine the narratives that are constructed about Southeast Asian American youth and highlight the ways in which they work to resist, embrace, or complicate false dichotomies of model versus failure. The chapter illuminates underlying themes of racism/colorism and shows how students embrace fluidity in their identities and cross fixed boundaries. Moreover, it asserts that an understanding of Southeast Asian American youth identity cannot be achieved without considering the influence of structural, historical, and political forces that act on identity.

Keywords:   meta-ethnography, Southeast Asian American, Asian American, youth identity, racism

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