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Cultural Orientation in Asian American Adolescents: Variation by Age and Ethnic Density
Youth & Society (2008)
  • Yu-Wen Ying, University of California - Berkeley
  • Meekyung Han, San Jose State University
  • Sandra L. Wong, Oakland Unified School District
Abstract
The study assessed variation in cultural orientation among Asian American adolescents by age and ethnic density in the community. A total of 128 students at a public high school in Oakland, California, participated in the study. Of these early and middle adolescents, 86 were Chinese American and 42 were Southeast Asian American. They completed the General Ethnicity Questionnaire—Ethnic and American versions, which assessed cultural orientation in the domains of cultural pride, language, social affiliation, food, and recreation. Middle adolescents reported a stronger ethnic orientation in the domains of social affiliation and recreation and weaker American orientation in the domains of food and language use (English) than early adolescents. Furthermore, Chinese Americans, residing in an ethnically dense community, reported a stronger ethnic orientation in the domains of language and food and a weaker American orientation in language than their Southeast Asian American peers with less access to their ethnic community.
Keywords
  • cultural orientation,
  • acculturation,
  • ethnic density,
  • adolescents,
  • Asian Americans,
  • Chinese,
  • Southeast Asian
Disciplines
Publication Date
June, 2008
DOI
10.1177/0044118X06296683
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Citation Information
Yu-Wen Ying, Meekyung Han and Sandra L. Wong. "Cultural Orientation in Asian American Adolescents: Variation by Age and Ethnic Density" Youth & Society Vol. 39 Iss. 4 (2008) p. 507 - 523 ISSN: 1552-8499
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/meekyung-han/17/