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Asian American Identity

Prepared for the ECAASU 2013 Campus Tour at Harvard University

Dan Tran

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of Asian American Identity

Asian American Identity
Asian American Identity Development Model
The White Identification Stage
Begins when children enter school
Exposed to an environment susceptible to prejudice
Realization of being different leads to the desire to escape heritage and identify with White Society

Awakening to Social Political
Consciousness Stage
Adoption of a new perspective
Often catalyzed by significant events
Abandonment of White society association
Increased understanding of oppression and oppressed groups
The Incorporation Stage
Highest form of identity evolution
Development of positive and comfortable identity as an Asian American
Respect for other racial/cultural identities
Association with previous "white identity" no longer important
The Redirection Stage
Reconnection with Asian American culture
Realization of White oppression
Anger against racism fuels and increases Asian American self and pride
What kind of Asian are you?
What does it mean to be Asian American?
Discussion Questions
What does Asian American mean to you?

Do you see value in being united under one name?
Where do you stand on the spectrum?
Dan Tran
ECAASU National Board
Campus Tour Coordinator

Contact Information
The Focus
Town Hall Discussion Questions
What are the drawbacks of AAID?
How can we effectively use this model in practice?
Does this theory apply to you or your greater community?
Facilitated by Dan Tran, ECAASU National Board
Prepared for ECAASU's 2013 Campus Tour at Harvard University
Ethnic Awareness Stage
Begins in early childhood
Positive or neutral feelings toward one's ethnic group emerges
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