Tracing the Racial and Ethnic Socialization of Caribbean American Youth
Chapter Six: Converging Identities and Realities: Finding One’s Place in the Home, School, and World
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Converging Identities and Realities: Finding One’s Place in the Home, School, and World
During the very beginning of the study, I went from classroom to classroom describing my research project to determine which students were first-, 1.5-, or second-generation Americans at Morristown. While in Mr. Asafa’s class, I rattled off the usual pitch explaining to the class that my parents were from the Caribbean and that I was interested in learning more about the thoughts and experiences of Caribbean American youth. Thereafter, I sat at a table on the periphery of the classroom and asked students to sign their names and provide contact information if they were interested in learning more about the project. As I waited for students to sign their names, Charles sauntered over to me, maintaining a distinctly cool posture and explaining confidently that his family was also from Jamaica. He proceeded to ask whether I was familiar with traditional Jamaican foods like ackee and salt fish and fried dumplings. Charles shared that his grandmother cooked a Jamaican breakfast for his family most weekends – a meal he enjoyed. As I welcomed his serious yet childlike banter, I began to wonder how often Charles had opportunities to share his ethnic background at school. I also surmised that Charles was deeply tied to his ethnic heritage. After interviewing his parents, however, they shared another side to the story. According to Charles’s parents, he was not deeply tied to his Caribbean roots...
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