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5 Girls video summary
Child Development 10H

The video is about five American girls: Corrie, Toby, Amber, Aisha, and Haibinh and how they confront the challenges of growing up female in America. While revealing differences in race and class they take us through each of their stories. I also noticed that these girls have in common self-awareness and determination to be themselves.
From first loves to parental expectations to the gap between poverty and wealth, the teenagers of 5 Girls facing dilemmas shaped by society's ideas about young women as they experience daily changes in their lives. Corrie is intellectual and openly bisexual, from Chicago's upper middle-class who struggles to connect with her very religious father since revealing her sexuality to him. Amber is an honor roll on Chicago's Southside, a world apart from Corrie's world. Not only must she deal with societies' misconceptions of her, based on her race and class, but also the challenges that comes when she is forced to live on her own. Aisha is a high-achieving black teenager in a Catholic girls' school, a basketball star that fights to stand her ground in the face of a loving but over protective and demanding father. Haibinh came to the U.S. from Vietnam when she was ten. A high school sophomore who excels in school and is a community leader, she struggles with the conflicting demands of holding on to her Vietnamese heritage while fitting in to American culture. Toby is the active 12-year-old daughter of doctors who manages to go her own way regardless of the well educated parents.
Each of the 5 girls confront the losses and gains that come from making adult decisions, and each finds herself impatient to discover there adult identity. The 5 girl’s video shows how a teenager wants to prove to their families that they are smart and more determined to grow up on their own…...

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