Title

A Study on How African Immigrants Experience Being Black in America

Date

12-8-2020 1:55 PM

Abstract

This study aims to cultivate a picture of what media coverage is out there on African immigrants that focuses on societal issues in America that have been popularized by Black American communities. These issues include; race-based discrimination, micro-aggressions, police mistrust and inter-racial dating practices. The importance of this study lies in the understanding of generational pain and suffering, and to learn if Black minorities who weren’t raised in America and weren’t privy to the emergence of that generational suffering feel a connection to Black American social struggles. It is also important to analyze the field and see what work has been done to look at the Black American experience using academic writing. This study would be completed by interviewing and providing questionnaires to African immigrants who have recently migrated to the United States, as well as a comprehensive literature review of previous study findings. The participants will be recruited in person using platforms in different African immigrant communities and forums. The in-person data will only be collected after health officials deem it safe to start working with others post-COVID. Once the data is gathered, we will analyze it qualitatively.

Biographies

Nya Mbock
Major: Communication
My name is Nya Mbock and I am a junior at Portland State University. I am Cameroonian and grew up there with my family and tribe before we moved to the states for the education systems here. Moving here was a big adjustment and I worked hard to connect with American culture and fit in with my surroundings and peers. I am the Director of International Affairs at the Associated Students of Portland State University, which helps me work a lot with students who are International and Intercultural like me. I love having the opportunity to be a McNair Scholar and have formed one of my closest mentor relationships yet with my McNair advisor, so this program has already been very rewarding. With all of the uncertainty though, I'm really excited just to continue to get to know my fellow cohort and make more close friendships for what's probably going to be difficult times ahead. I think one of the bright sides of starting out this way is that last term, we got the chance to establish ourselves as a group and being in these circumstances bonds us to one another- because we're all going through the same regular academic tribulations as well as trying to virtually launch our research. Going into another week of quarantine, my optimism and boredom fueled depression has gotten more intense. Reminding myself of ways to navigate that are going to be important this year

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brianne Suldovsky
Dr. Brianne Suldovsky specializes in science communication and public engagement. Her research examines how scientists engage the public and public understanding of controversial science. Her recent research explores public understanding of topics including genetic engineering (i.e. GMOs), climate change, and air pollution. Dr. Suldovsky collaborates with a diversity of experts and community partners including environmental scientists, economists, geographers, climatologists, and philosophers.

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33593

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A Study on How African Immigrants Experience Being Black in America

This study aims to cultivate a picture of what media coverage is out there on African immigrants that focuses on societal issues in America that have been popularized by Black American communities. These issues include; race-based discrimination, micro-aggressions, police mistrust and inter-racial dating practices. The importance of this study lies in the understanding of generational pain and suffering, and to learn if Black minorities who weren’t raised in America and weren’t privy to the emergence of that generational suffering feel a connection to Black American social struggles. It is also important to analyze the field and see what work has been done to look at the Black American experience using academic writing. This study would be completed by interviewing and providing questionnaires to African immigrants who have recently migrated to the United States, as well as a comprehensive literature review of previous study findings. The participants will be recruited in person using platforms in different African immigrant communities and forums. The in-person data will only be collected after health officials deem it safe to start working with others post-COVID. Once the data is gathered, we will analyze it qualitatively.