The Importance Of Immigration And Child Rearing

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The University of California, Riverside is greatly known for diversity among its students because students from all around the world attend our university. Moreover, immigration is one of the common issues addressed in our university based upon the fact that many students are either immigrants themselves or came from an immigrant family. Immigration is a common ground factor that many students share regardless of what ethnicity they are; therefore, immigration is part of our global culture at UCR. Many may wonder: what is global culture? “Global culture refers to the transmission of ideas, meanings and values around the world in such a way as to extend and intensify social relations” (James 2006). The transmission of ideas, meanings, and values …show more content…
Immigration and child rearing played an important role in my life because as a child of immigrant parents, I am a second generation U.S. immigrant myself. The lives of us, the second generation, differs from those whose parents are non-immigrants. Being a citizen or an immigrant is essential because that is what constructs how parents will raise their children. Child rearing is fundamental to the lives of second generation children because not only does it impact how we are raised, but it also gives us the compare-and-contrast insight of both cultural norms. Second generation children experience being raised by immigrant parents, while living in an American country that promotes the “normal American family”. I also took interest in child rearing because, as a mother and a second generation child, I can say that it is a bit challenging raising a child with only one cultural norm and custom. That is, because I have experienced being raised by the cultural values that my Hispanic immigrant parents were raised by, but at the same time, I have witnessed what the expectations are for a “normal family” in America. That only leaves me to question, how can I introduce my Hispanic roots to my child while at the same time not leaving out the modern “American” values. Being a parent gives me the opportunity to get an insight of both perspectives, the immigrant …show more content…
She mentioned she became interested in her area of research when she was teaching at the University of California, Irvine. She stated that most of her students were Korean and Vietnamese who were either second generation or 1.5 generation. She noticed there was no literature written on the second generation, although there was literature written about their immigrant parents, there were none for second generation nor on their adaptation to a new country and culture. Students at UCI could relate to the phrase “true for you, true for me”, meaning that many of these students could relate with one another in similar circumstances. Circumstances that started to become more frequent and clear, causing Asian American students to realize that they were not alone, that others were living the same thing as them. Her second generation Korean and Vietnamese students wanted her to do research on them, and this encouraged her to start her area of research. Her students and the lack of literature on the second generation, was what motivated her to do her research. One of the very interesting and admirable facts that Professor Pyke stated was when she mentioned that this was an issue of importance that could not be ignored. Her initiative in this type of research is very admirable and empowering, because she took the “white”

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