Multiracial Identity Development: Understanding Choice of Racial Identity in Asian-White College Students

Ashley Viager

Abstract


Asian-White individuals will have greater representation in higher education student populations in coming years, and student affairs professionals must learn how these students make meaning of their racial identities in order to best serve the needs of this group. Analyzing Poston’s (1990) and Root’s (2003) theories of multiracial identity development, this paper examines the experiences unique to this population to demonstrate that Asian-White individuals have the ability to choose from multiple racial identity outcomes.

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