‘We share similar struggles’: how a Vietnamese immigrant youth organizing program shapes participants’ critical consciousness of interracial tension

Chi Nguyen, Rand Quinn

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Abstract

This article examines Homeward Bound, a political education youth organizing program for Vietnamese immigrant youth in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy theory, the program sought to empower learners to challenge their pre-existing knowledge and experience of interracial relations. Drawing on data from observations, interviews, and document reviews, we describe the process by which the program shaped Vietnamese immigrant youth’s critical consciousness of Vietnamese/Asian-black interracial tension. While some participants expressed apprehension and prejudice toward African Americans, particularly in the early days of the program, by the end, participants demonstrated knowledge retained from lessons and activities on the shared history of Vietnamese immigrants and African Americans. Participants also identified roots of and offered solutions to interracial tension. This study illuminates the role of immigrant youth organizing programs in resolving interracial tension in multiracial contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-642
Number of pages17
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • critical consciousness, critical pedagogy
  • Interracial tension
  • Vietnamese immigrant youth
  • youth organizing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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