The entire independent study group went to ECAASU 2017 in addition to some general members from the Asian Culture Awareness Association (ACAA). We are quite invested within ACAA because we are executive board members and our digital narratives class is an extension of our desire to promote Asian culture on campus. I saw this conference as an opportunity to expand upon my idea of portraying the process of finding an identity as an Asian American.
I was very excited throughout the conference, but one workshop definitely resonated with me on a deeper level. It was led by Joanne, who was a multicultural officer from Duke University, and she spoke about generation 1.5. This is the in-between generation of children that immigrate to another country between the ages of 5-12. I found that I fit quite snuggly within this generation and it was an experience of self-discovery in that experiences I had growing up were validated and given proper scholarly terms like “social brokering” for your parents. This was a situation in which as a child I had to be the middle man in interactions between my parents and maybe a clerk to overcome the communication barrier of my parents not being able to express what they really wanted to the clerk. I spoke to Joann after and I will remain in contact with her so I can bring in this aspect of growing up in my narrative.