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Mutual stereotyping between Africans and African-Americans: Impact on African immigrant girls' ethnic identities

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Early adolescence is when many physical, biological and psychological changes occur. At this critical time adolescents begin to question their identity and their place in the world (Erikson, 1963; Tatum, 1997). Tatum (1997) argues that “for Black youth, asking ‘Who am I?’ includes thinking about “Who am I ethnically and/or racially’” (p. 53)? For West African immigrant adolescent girls, the question of who they are ethnically and racially is further complicated by the fact that they are also trying to find their place in American society where some people may assume that they are African-American and identify as such, without taking into consideration the role that their West African immigrant backgrounds play in their ethnic identity formation.
This study set out to examine how home and school experiences shape the ethnic identities of young immigrant girls and what their stories might teach us about their educational and socio-cultural needs. An analysis of the data generated through focus group and personal interview transcripts, field notes, participant and researcher journals revealed one theme that consistently appeared throughout the data: the girls’ experiences with African-American stereotypes of Africans versus the girls’ stereotypes of African-Americans and the impact on participants’ choice of ethnic identity

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Immigrants; ethnic identity
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Name: 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Okpalaoka, Chinwe. "Mutual stereotyping between Africans and African-Americans: Impact on African immigrant girls' ethnic identities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina, Mar 22, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301954_index.html>

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Okpalaoka, C. L. , 2009-03-22 "Mutual stereotyping between Africans and African-Americans: Impact on African immigrant girls' ethnic identities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301954_index.html

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Abstract: Early adolescence is when many physical, biological and psychological changes occur. At this critical time adolescents begin to question their identity and their place in the world (Erikson, 1963; Tatum, 1997). Tatum (1997) argues that “for Black youth, asking ‘Who am I?’ includes thinking about “Who am I ethnically and/or racially’” (p. 53)? For West African immigrant adolescent girls, the question of who they are ethnically and racially is further complicated by the fact that they are also trying to find their place in American society where some people may assume that they are African-American and identify as such, without taking into consideration the role that their West African immigrant backgrounds play in their ethnic identity formation.
This study set out to examine how home and school experiences shape the ethnic identities of young immigrant girls and what their stories might teach us about their educational and socio-cultural needs. An analysis of the data generated through focus group and personal interview transcripts, field notes, participant and researcher journals revealed one theme that consistently appeared throughout the data: the girls’ experiences with African-American stereotypes of Africans versus the girls’ stereotypes of African-Americans and the impact on participants’ choice of ethnic identity


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