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Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Education (Educational Leadership)

First Advisor

Laura I. Rendon

Second Advisor

Dan C. Robinson


Invisible under the Asian American umbrella for the past four and half decades, Indian Americans have been increasingly gaining recognition as the impeccable "model minority" post dotcom boom at the turn of the 21st century. The success stories of a small percentage of Asian Indian Americans has lead researchers to believe that this racial and ethnic minority group tends to have better economic outcomes compared to their White counterparts, and as a result the entire United States population. This economic success has come with a price and has basically negated this community's status as racial and ethnic minorities as people who also face issues of prejudice and discrimination based on race and has made them role models for all other communities of color. This has in many instances turned to be a negative consequence especially on college campuses where Asian Americans are no longer considered underrepresented groups. This dissertation study explores the experience of immigration, integration and consciousness development among 11 Generation 1.5 Asian Indian American college students at a predominately White Midwestern institution. Living in two spaces - emotional and physical, these individuals narrate their stories how they navigate the maze of higher education as well as new immigrants to the United States. Neither Here, Nor There is a collection of their journeys.

Based on face-to-face intense reflective videotaped interviews, participant observations, artifact collection, and reflective journaling, this study attempted to understand the expectations, commitments and negotiations that these individuals make and live by. Generation 1.5 straddle between several conflicting and diverse worlds of home vs. college, family vs. community and peers, and innumerable identities - some imposed by others and some self imposed. This study sought to understand how these wide arrays of experiences ultimately affect college access and success specifically among the Asian Indian American students attending predominantly White institutions.


Copyright Owner

Vijay Kanagala



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126 pages