Educators and scholars have been advocating for culturally sustaining pedagogies in the classroom that extends, honors, and sustains the cultures and backgrounds of our growing Students of Color population. Moving beyond pedagogies in classrooms, I examine culturally sustaining spaces in culture clubs and community-based organizations and how they cultivate the identity development and sense of belonging of Vietnamese American high school students. I find that these students have complex identities that are intersectional and ever changing, existing outside the Black-White binary. Vietnamese culture clubs provide a space that allows students to belong and express their identity in a positive way, but with curriculum as colonizer (Goodwin, 2010), schools have not yet become a place of belonging for all students. Community-based organizations provide alternative spaces that center the experiences of Vietnamese American students, allowing them to engage with their complex identities in a place that becomes like a home.
Nguyen, Thuy Vi
"Cultivating Identities in a Place Called Home: Intersectional, Ever Changing Identities of Vietnamese American Youth in Culturally Sustaining Spaces,"
Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement: Vol. 15
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jsaaea/vol15/iss1/6