researched this by asking the following questions how and why did the

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researched this by asking the following questions: “how, and why, did the trajectories of these young Central American Americans deviate from those of many in their cohort, and how do they conceptualize their identities” (3). These interviews, conclude that Central American-Americans individual stories distinguish their trajectories from the general population. They are distinguished because their families left their home countries due to war. Their teachers and counselors reinforced encouragement knowing they were first-generation students, and Central American Americans tend to generally think about the representation of their ethnicity, so that invokes situation in which they claim different identities depending on the situation. The point about how the common narrative of Central American-Americans are
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influenced by what is going on in their home country influences and shapes their interests and identity is an idea I agree with (as we see in most of the interviewees' stories). In other words, their identity formations were always in a game of imposed identities versus optional identities. The violence they saw and were told about influenced their comparisons to their own violent neighborhoods, many over thought if they were going to see their parents again, and many decided to be involved with political activism as they enrolled in college. These circumstances
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