“FOB” and “Whitewashed”: Identity and Internalized Racism Among Second Generation Asian Americans

@article{Pyke2003FOBA,
  title={“FOB” and “Whitewashed”: Identity and Internalized Racism Among Second Generation Asian Americans},
  author={Karen D. Pyke and T. Dang},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
  year={2003},
  volume={26},
  pages={147-172}
}
An analysis of 184 in-depth interviews with grown children of Korean and Vietnamese immigrants finds that the racial beliefs, meanings, and stereotypes of the mainstream society shape how they think about coethnics, generate local identities, and deflect stigma from themselves. We examine the terms “FOB” (“Fresh Off the Boat”) and “whitewashed” that were commonly deployed to denigrate coethnic “others” as “too ethnic” or “too assimilated” while casting those at the bicultural middle as the… Expand
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