Conflict, Coping, And Reconciliation : Intergenerational Relations Chinese Immigrant Families

1080 Words Dec 14th, 2016 5 Pages
a. In her work “Conflict, Coping, and Reconciliation: Intergenerational Relations in Chinese Immigrant Families,” author Min Zhou discusses the generation gap between Chinese immigrant parents and their children. As Zhou states, the Chinese immigrant population in the United States started as individuals but has now evolved into a family community. These immigrants come from different geographical, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. Despite all their different stories, one thing that is common between all these immigrants is the generation gap between the parents and children. This gap is just one of the many problems Chinese immigrant families deal with, and is more prominent in “post-1965 Chinese immigrants,” as Zhou explains. She goes on to state that this generation gap is caused by “a cultural divide between the immigrant family and the larger society.” The difference in the parents’ and children’s goals also plays a role in creating the generation gap. Whereas Chinese immigrants have dreams such as, “to live in your own house, to be your own boss, and to send your children to the Ivy League,” their children “aspire to be fully American.” This difference in objectives is what generates a divide between immigrant parents and their children, in some cases adding tension to an already fragile relationship. Children begin to distance themselves from family values and traditions, while parents worry that their children “have too much freedom, too little respect for…

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