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October 2010

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International Review of Qualitative Research

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Studies of young people's experiences of sexuality rarely discuss how immigration and settlement impact youths' understanding of their bodies, sexual identities, and knowledge. In this paper, Filipino youth in collaboration with adult allies, conducted a New York City-based participatory action research project and found that young people's experiences and understanding of sexuality are narrated by silences, solidarity and paradoxical spaces. This study explores the contradictory experiences of passivity and subjectivity in the sexual lives of young people. Lastly, as an adult collaborator on the project I assess how “participation” as a logic of inquiry allows for youth and adult collaborators to talk through and negotiate their positions in a research project.

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the International Review of Qualitative Research, 2010 and is published as “From Where I Sit”: Filipino Youth, Sexuality and Immigration in Participatory Action Research”. International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 3 No. 3, Fall 2010; (pp. 287-309). © 2010 by Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center. It is available online at:

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