Asian American Social, Political, and Ethnic Experiences in Latinx Communities
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To understand the different factors that are associated with ethnic identity development, nine young adults who identify as Asian American and who lived in or attended schools in Latinx communities were interviewed. The nine semi-structured interviews covered the social, political, and ethnic experiences of participants and sought to identify to what extent participants fit the four types of ethnic identity that was theorized by Phinney (1990). The main features of ethnic identity were the ability to speak the language, cultural values, and where participants felt they belonged in their ethnic group. Six of the participants fit the acculturation category, in that they had an American identity and an Asian identity. One fit the assimilation category because of her strong relationship and identification with American values than with Asian values. One participants fit under the marginalization category because she did not have a strong identification with her American identity or with her Asian identity. None of the participants fit in Phinney’s dissociation category. Ultimately, interactions with Latinx communities did not inhibit the development of bicultural identities among the Asian American participants. Participants’ Asian identity continued to develop even if there was not a strong influence of Asian culture in the Latinx community.