Young Children’s Racial-Cultural Identity Negotiation and Development:A Phenomenological Case Study
AUTHOR : Heejeong Sophia Han
INFORMATION : page. 97~120 / 2015 Vol.9 No.2
This article reports on a phenomenological case study following one Korean-American child’s
negotiation and development of racial-cultural identity in the United States during the first three years of
school. This study aimed to closely explore, understand, and explain the critical incidents experienced by
a Korean-American child to recognize and negotiate her racial-cultural identity, and the strategies she
used to navigate through the school culture. As a result, four themes were identified with the following
metaphors: (a) Just give me a sandwich – Avoiding attention; (b) I must have been a slave – Trying to fit
in; (c) It is my cultural water – Speaking up; and (d) I can be both – Reconstructing flexible identities.
This study offers a glimpse into a complex nature of a Korean-American child’s racial-cultural identity
negotiation and development in the United States calling for an expanded discourse around the issue, and
sheds a light on what roles teachers and parents can play to collaboratively address and scaffold the
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