ETHNIC AND NATIONAL IDENTITIES OF AFRICANS IN THE UNITED
This article focuses on the life experiences of African university students living in
Washington DC and Eugene, Oregon. These two places are the focal points of the studies that the
author based her arguments on; a total of 36 interviews which were carried out to identify how the
local communities in those places shape the ethnic identities of the African university students.
The author also examined how the international students managed to have access to the culture of
the locals and the manner in which some of them struck a connection with the conationals
immediately they set foot into the two regions under surveillance.
This article generally talks about how national identities strengthen or weaken when
individuals come into contact with people from different national backgrounds, culture, ethnic
group and race. The author concluded that whereas some students in Washington showed signs of
identifying with the conationals, others in Eugene created strong national identities and developed
pan-ethnic African identities due ...