Know Family, Know Self: Exploring the Influence of Family on Vietnamese American College Students' Experiences

Elaine N.Y. Lê, Sonia H. Ramrakhiani
2021 JCSCORE  
Much of the existing literature on Vietnamese Americans focuses on experiences of previous generations and does not capture the perspectives of the current generation of Vietnamese Americans, more specifically those who are college students. The present study examined the role of family influence on college experiences for Vietnamese American students. This study utilized qualitative methodology, analyzing data collected from semi-structured, in-person individual interviews conducted with six
more » ... etnamese American college students (VACS) attending a large, predominantly white institution (PWI). Results from this study reveal not only how VACS construct meaning of their family influences and college experiences, but also how they come to understand their own Vietnamese American identity. Major findings from this study reveal that VACS exist between two worlds: the life of a second-generation immigrant Vietnamese American, and the life of an American college student. This article provides implications for higher education and student affairs practitioners to understand the unique experiences of this underrepresented and under-researched student population. Implications for further research are also discussed.
doi:10.15763/issn.2642-2387.2021.7.1.83-116 fatcat:dqinsxrm5zbd5fg3hwamdhpgna