We Share Similar Struggles: How a Vietnamese Immigrant Youth Organizing Program Shapes Participants Critical Consciousness of Interracial Tension

  • 31/03/2022
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This article examines homeward bound, a political education youth organizing program for vietnamese immigrant youth in philadelphia, pennsylvania. Inspired by paulo freires 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 youths 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. 2016, 2016 Informa uk limited, trading as taylor & francis group.

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