By Bindi V. Shah
Laotian Daughters makes a speciality of second-generation environmental justice activists in Richmond, California. Bindi Shah's path-breaking e-book charts those younger women's efforts to enhance the degraded stipulations of their neighborhood and explores the methods their activism and political practices withstand the detrimental stereotypes of race, type, and gender linked to their ethnic crew. utilizing ethnographic observations, interviews, concentration teams, and archival info on their participation in Asian formative years Advocatesoa adolescence management improvement projectoShah analyzes the teens' mobilization for social rights, cross-race family, and negotiations of gender and inter-generational family. She additionally addresses problems with ethnic adolescence, immigration, and citizenship and the way those form nationwide identities. Shah finally reveals that citizenship as a social perform is not only an grownup event and that ethnicity is an ongoing strength within the political and social identities of second-generation Laotians.
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I interviewed staff members individually at the APEN and LOP offices. In addition, I facilitated four focus groups, one with each of the different cohorts of girls in the program. All the interviews and focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and coded using a grounded theory approach. Throughout the book, quotations from the girls come from these interviews and focus groups as well as other written material they produced. I participated in and/or observed all games, projects, discussions, trainings, field trips, protests, media events, and end-of-summer graduations, as well as a workshop for Asian and Pacific Islander teens in the San Francisco Bay Area and APEN’s fifth anniversary celebration.
Despite the constant discomfort that emerged from the balancing act between participant and observer, negotiating outsider/insider status on “shifting and competing similarities and differences” (Võ 2000:19) in the APEN youth program (even if my position was marginal and temporary) brought with it a rich and deep understanding of APEN, the youth program and its staff, and the experiences of the young participants. I hope I have been able to reciprocate in some way. Comments from Gain, of Group 2, and several other girls, who believed that through this study others will learn about second-generation Laotian women, their experiences of growing up in Richmond and of being involved in APEN, provide some reassurance.
I hope I have been able to reciprocate in some way. Comments from Gain, of Group 2, and several other girls, who believed that through this study others will learn about second-generation Laotian women, their experiences of growing up in Richmond and of being involved in APEN, provide some reassurance. Peggy Saika, APEN’s executive director, thanked me for spending two years with the girls, believing that such relationships with concerned adults were important for the young women’s self-esteem and well-being.
Laotian Daughters: Working toward Community, Belonging, and Environmental Justice (Asian American History & Culture) by Bindi V. Shah