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Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories


reviewed by Rachel Endo — August 29, 2007

coverTitle: Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories
Author(s): Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca
ISBN: 0801473845 , Pages: 270, Year: 2007
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Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories is a collection of fourteen autobiographical essays written by graduates of Dartmouth College. The editors, Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny, frame these first-person essays as windows through which readers may understand the diversities within immigrant and second-generation Asian American experiences. By disclosing personal details of their life experiences involving events such as drug use, sexual assault, and surviving terminal illness, these writers offer compelling counter-narratives against the perpetual stereotype that Asian Americans are an exceptional group without narratives of struggle. In the Preface, Russell Leong provides important contextual information linking these individualized memoirs to research in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American Studies from an intersectionality approach that considers the complex interplay among class, ethnicity, gender, generation, race, religion, and sexuality in shaping their diverse experiences as Asian Americans. The rest of Balancing Two Worlds is loosely categorized into... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 29, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14595, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 2:24:26 PM

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  • Rachel Endo
    University of Illinois
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    RACHEL K. ENDO is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary research foci include Asian American educational experiences and comparative approaches to ethnic studies and multicultural education. She is currently working on an ethnographic study in a Midwestern city that locates educational experiences of immigrant and second-generation Japanese American youth as “new” Asian Americans.
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