"We are eggrolls and hotdogs": Mixed race Asians at the University of Pennsylvania

Amy L Miller, University of Pennsylvania


The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the identity development of mixed race Asian students, also known as Hapas, and the influence of college environments of their perceptions of self. More specifically, this study will use Narrative Inquiry to gain insight into the lives and experiences of 20 Hapa students at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). In order to uncover the shared experience of Hapas on this college campus and to discern any specific activities or aspects of university life that contributed to their identity development while at Penn, I conducted 20 one-on-one interviews. I also conducted one focus group with 8 of the participants in order to observe the interactions between the students. This topic is relevant to student affairs administrators and faculty because of the rapidly changing demographics in the United States. Some projections estimate that by 2050, mixed race Asian people will represent the largest Asian constituency in the country, thus potentially changing the face of our campuses.

Subject Area

Asian American Studies|Social research|Social psychology|Ethnic studies|Higher education|Demography

Recommended Citation

Miller, Amy L, ""We are eggrolls and hotdogs": Mixed race Asians at the University of Pennsylvania" (2016). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI10125485.