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Su

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ETHNICITY

FEW RESOURCES

CREATIVE ARTS

CULTURAL COMMUNITY

EXTENDED FAMILY

WELL NETWORKED

UNREALIZED POTENTIAL

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Female

Location:

Inner City

Interview age:

14-19

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

Vietnamese

Su comes from an extended working class Vietnamese family with a large number of half and full siblings. Material resources were very limited and Su generally relied on hand outs from her mother (herself on benefits). Emotionally she drew on her mother, close friends and later her gran for support. Su’s identity is complex. Her early social life was shaped by an identification with Vietnamese culture yet she embraced Britishness, seeing herself as more British than Vietnamese. Emotionally immature but street smart and well networked, Su at 16 was a combination of vulnerability and independence. Academically bright but with very little encouragement from college she passed her BTec in performing arts with a Distinction but, pessimistic about career prospects, gave up her dreams in favour of hairdressing. At 17, and now somewhat estranged from her family, Su was with a two-timing boyfriend who she finally left to go into a hostel, then a bedsit with plans to get a permanent flat. Nearly two years later she was surviving on job seekers allowance, struggling with rent arrears and waiting for a hairdressing apprenticeship but wiser and more mature as a result of her disappointing relationship. Since then she has been rethinking her life, meanwhile working a little in a café, and hoping to get a larger flat to accommodate her younger brother, who has left home and moved in with her. Her potential for social mobility is good and despite her circumstances, her determination and sense of educational achievement may bear out her conviction that she ‘can go far’.

 

Su's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

     

2.

09.07.99

14

SFS

3.

05.04.00

15

SFS

4.

03.02.01

16

SFS

5.

07.08.02

17

SFS

6.

01.06.04

19

SFS

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 23/02/98 transcript, audio tape

Questionnaire 2: hard copy

Lifeline: hard copy

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