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Waking up American : coming of age biculturally : first-generation women reflect
Angela Jane Fountas
Adult Nonfiction HQ792.U5 W34 2005

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Summary: Waking Up American explores the common thread of experience that first-generation women share-feeling caught between two worlds and the sense of being "other." This important collection traces themes of belonging, fitting in, self-identity, family, and home. Reflections on growing up biculturally include a Filipina who is confronted with her own identity on a study-abroad program with Kenyans who refuse to accept that she is American or Asian; two Haitian American women who discuss their similarities and differences in growing up and coming out as lesbians; and a woman who comes to understand her mother's eccentricities by reconnecting to her Panamanian heritage. These narratives examine the part cultural identity plays in creating strong, independent, first-generation American women. Their experiences are part of what makes the United States the intriguing cultural amalgamation that so many diverse peoples call home. Book jacket.

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