chapter  6
Cultural Integration in Campus Subcultures: Where the Cultural, Academic, and Social Spheres of College Life Collide
BySamuel D. Museus, Sơn Ca Lâm, ChuYu Huang, Pratna Kem, and Kevin Tan
Pages 24

This opening narrative illustrates how ethnic subcultures within our educational institutions can and do validate the lives of students of color. In the story, Son-Ca experiences an awakening as a result of an extracurricular fieldtrip that was organized by two ethnic subcultures at UMass Boston: the CAPAY youth organization and Asian American Studies programs. She develops a bond with these programs that leads to greater connections to the historical and social contexts in which she exists. Also, those bonds engage Asian American history and communities, thereby stimulating her identification as an Asian American and validating that identity.