Friday, August 17, 2018

Deborah Rivas-Drake hosts new Psychology Today blog


Professor Deborah Rivas-Drake hosts a new blog on Psychology Today called "American Me, American We." The first post, centered around identity and terminology in youth, is titled "Immigrant, American."

Rivas-Drake explores how ethnic minority youth construct their understanding of “American-ness.” By pointing to a recent podcast by celebrity author, TV host, and restaurateur Eddie Huang discussing the challenges of growing up Asian in America, she speaks to the ways that youth navigate discrimination, racism, and xenophobia.

Rivas-Drake observes, “As they grow up, U.S.-born children of immigrants must develop their own definition of what it is to be an American, one that is expansive enough to fit their complicated experiences within this society. And they must do so as adults in even the highest ranks freely and openly derogate the Latin American, African, and Asian countries from which their parents and grandparents migrated.”

Deborah Rivas-Drake is Professor, School of Education; Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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