Learning to Belong in the World

An Ethnography of Asian American Girls

  • Tomoko Tokunaga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tomoko Tokunaga
    Pages 33-54
  3. Tomoko Tokunaga
    Pages 55-70
  4. Tomoko Tokunaga
    Pages 123-139
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 141-156

About this book


This book provides a complex and intricate portrayal of Asian American high school girls – which has been an under-researched population – as cultural meditators, diasporic agents, and community builders who negotiate displacement and attachment in challenging worlds of the in-between. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork, Tomoko Tokunaga presents a portrait of the girls’ hardships, dilemmas, and dreams while growing up in an interconnected world. This book contributes a new understanding of the roles of immigrant children and youth as agents of globalization and sophisticated border-crossers who have the power and agency to construct belonging and identity across multiple contexts, spaces, times, activities, and relationships. It has much to offer to the construction of educative communities and spaces where immigrant youth, specifically immigrant girls, can thrive.


Asian American youth Asian American Identity Asian Immigrant High School Girls Chinese Immigrant Girls Filipina Immigrant Girls Immigrant Youth in USA Immigration and Education Indian Immigrant Girls Vietnamese Immigrant Girls Asian Girls in USA

Authors and affiliations

  • Tomoko Tokunaga
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of International CommunicationGunma Prefectural Women’s UniversityTamamuraJapan

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