Exploring Intersections of Privilege and Oppression for Black and Asian Immigrant and US Born Women: Reaching across the Imposed Divide

  • Karen L. Suyemoto
  • Roxanne A. Donovan


Psychologists and other social scientists are increasingly attending to intersectionality, recognizing that sociopolitical statuses interact to create qualitatively different experiences (Cole, 2009). For example, Black and Asian 1 women in the United States experience racism and sexism generally, racialized sexism, and gendered racism (Collins, 2000; Ghavami & Peplau, 2013; Moradi & DeBlaere, 2010), regardless of whether they are immigrants or US born. However, immigrant and US born women may differ in how they understand and react to these experiences, which affect the ways in which they relate to each other in response to these experiences. These differences are influenced by developmental and current experiences with power and privilege associated with nativity (and with other sociostructural variables).


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