A Global Cypher: The Role of Hip Hop in Cultural Identity Construction and Navigation for Southeast Asian American Youth

Jacqueline Nguyen, Gail M. Ferguson

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Abstract

Southeast Asian American (SEAA) adolescents and emerging adults navigate a multicultural, global world by utilizing cultural variability to play up and play down three cultural identities: their Asian/Asian American heritage culture, the White dominant culture in which they live, and a hip hop cultural identity. The latter is a unique cultural identity rooted in the global phenomenon of hip hop that includes dance, art, and music as well as resistance to the dominant, mainstream culture. Hip hop is a meaningful cultural identity for SEAA youth because it is a cultural identity transcendent of race/ethnicity, a means toward relational and identity harmony, a form of resistance, and because it facilitates belongingness to a local and a global community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-115
Number of pages17
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Volume2019
Issue number164
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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