Undocumented intelligence: laying low by achieving high – an ‘illegal alien’s’ co-option of school and citizenship

@article{Chang2016UndocumentedIL,
  title={Undocumented intelligence: laying low by achieving high – an ‘illegal alien’s’ co-option of school and citizenship},
  author={Aurora Chang},
  journal={Race Ethnicity and Education},
  year={2016},
  volume={19},
  pages={1164 - 1176}
}
  • A. Chang
  • Published 18 April 2016
  • Education
  • Race Ethnicity and Education
Abstract In this article, I relay the irony of my own path as an ‘illegal alien’ in the US – identifying the tension between being a successful student earning straight As and accolades for good citizenship, while hiding my undocumented legal status. Drawing from the notions of race, smartness and citizenship as social constructions, I use a Chicana feminist epistemology to argue that, from early on, my schooling process taught me, intentionally or not, that academic achievement, as perceived… 
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