Are You a 1.5? A Conversation about the American Immigrant Experience
The 1.5 generation – comprising immigrants who arrive in the US as children and younger teens – holds a unique place within the immigrant diaspora experience. What roles do they play at home or outside it? What languages do they speak in given situations? Does 1.5-ness affect who gets their votes – or their hands in love or marriage? On Tuesday, March 27, The Crawford Family Forum hosted a lively, audience-inclusive discussion of such questions and the nuances of the “immigrant experience/generation spectrum” with moderator Leslie Berestein Rojas (KPCC’s “Multi-American” blogger/reporter) and guests Mary Yu Danico (The 1.5 Generation: Becoming Korean American in Hawaii, UH Press and the incoming president of the Association for Asian American Studies; Cal Poly Pomona, Sociology), Leisy Abrego (author of “Legal Consciousness of Undocumented Latinos: Fear and Stigma as Barriers to Claims Making for First and 1.5 Generation Immigrants.” Law & Society Review. 45(2): 337-369; UCLA, Chicano/a Studies) and Dennis Arguelles (Director of Program Development, Search To Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA); former president/executive director of Asia Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), assistant director of UCLA Asian American Studies Center, co-author editor of first in-depth studies of poverty in L.A.’s API communities).