Generation 1.5: from Struggling to Flourishing

Abstract

Globalization has increased the immigration trend. Generation 1.5 - youth born in their home countries, who immigrated to another country with their families and received education there - is increasing in population in many parts of the world. As the young immigrants struggle to adjust their identity, many have developed a new mindset from living within another culture. Consequently, Generation 1.5 may become a new force which bonds two different cultures and generations. Generation 1.5 is a vital social capital. Respect and trust should be developed by providing academic support and empowerment through humanizing pedagogy. Exposure to original languages and cultures of Generation 1.5 may also encourage pride in their own heritage. Based on the researches of an educator and mother of Generation 1.5 teenagers, when adolescents are encouraged, they will maintain positive images toward their future. In turn, it may motivate their investment in academic and social activities, promoting them to pursue their goals and contribute to a healthy, meaningful multi-society. As a visual artist, educator, and a cultural hybrid herself, Wan Yu Wendy Chien has an interest in searching for possibilities that merges two cultures into a new whole. She proposes images of a culturally bonded world, which celebrates collaboration, connection, and acceptance. Through Chien's lived experienced, she presents works that generate conversations for two cultures, their people, and the people in between. Chien considers herself an agent whose task is to reflect and respond to the potential and prospect of her generation: Generation



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Mariko Takashina, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Paper Information
Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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