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Understanding the Social Worlds of Immigrant Youth: New Directions for Youth Development, Number 100

Understanding the Social Worlds of Immigrant Youth: New Directions for Youth Development, Number 100

Carola Suarez-Orozco (Editor), Irina L. G. Todorova (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-97267-7

Jan 2004

144 pages

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This issue seeks to deepen understanding of the major social influences that shape immigrant youths' paths in their transition to the United States, as well as of the complex interconnections among those influences. The authors delve into a number of social worlds that can contribute to the postivie development of immigrant youth. They also provide insight into sources of information about indentity pathway options available to those youth. The chapters offer new data regarding the developmental opportunities and challenges that family roles and responsibilities, school contexts, community organizations, religious involvement and beliefs, gendered expectations, and media influences present. Contributors provide a fresh perspective on the research, practice and policy implications of the social worlds of immigrant youth.

This is the 100th issue of the Jossey-Bass journal New Directions for Youth Development.

Editor-in-Chief’s Notes (Gil G. Noam).

Issue Editors’ Notes (Carola Suárez-Orozco, Irina L. G. Todorova).

Executive Summary.

1. The social worlds of immigrant youth (Carola Suárez-Orozco, Irina L. G. Todorova)
Through a detailed case study, this chapter illustrates the multiple social influences that support and challenge immigrant youth in the United States and introduces the themes of many of the following contributions.

2. Responsibilities of children in Latino immigrant homes (Marjorie Faulstich Orellana)
Children in a Mexican immigrant community provide essential help to their families, including translating, interpreting, and providing sibling care. These daily life activities shape possibilities for learning and


3. Surfing the “model minority” wave of success: How the school context shapes distinct experiences among Vietnamese youth (Gilberto Q. Conchas, Cristina C. Pérez)
The authors examine the role of two distinct school contexts within the same school that shape the academic outcomes of Vietnamese students as they contend with the pressures of being considered members of the “model minority.”

4. Ethnic language schools and the development of supplementary education in the immigrant Chinese community in the United States (Min Zhou, Xi-Yuan Li)
This chapter examines ethnic language schools and the system of supplementary education in the immigrant Chinese community in the United States by considering how ethnic community organizations contribute to educational achievement.

5. “He is everything”: Religion’s role in the lives of immigrant youth (Nora E. Thompson, Andrea G. Gurney)
The authors explore the role of religion in the lives of immigrant youth who described the significance that religion holds for them. Their responses point to the potential protective role of religion for some immigrant groups.

6. Gendered expectations and gendered experiences: Immigrant students’ adaptation in schools (Desirée Baolian Qin-Hilliard)
This chapter discusses the role of gender in immigrant students’ educational adaptation and finds that immigrant girls are more likely than boys to be protected from risk factors by a supportive network and by their ethnic identification.

7. Media in the lives of immigrant youth (Josephine Louie)
This chapter examines media use patterns among immigrant teens, and similarities and differences in media ownership levels, use patterns, and content preferences between immigrant teens and the U.S. teen population as a whole.