Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families

Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families

by Grace J. Yoo, Barbara W. Kim

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Overview

2015 Asia and Asian America Section Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association More than 1.3 million Korean Americans live in the United States, the majority of them foreign-born immigrants and their children, the so-called 1.5 and second generations. While many sons and daughters of Korean immigrants outwardly conform to the stereotyped image of the upwardly mobile, highly educated super-achiever, the realities and challenges that the children of Korean immigrants face in their adult lives as their immigrant parents grow older and confront health issues that are far more complex. In Caring Across Generations, Grace J. Yoo and Barbara W. Kim explore how earlier experiences helping immigrant parents navigate American society have prepared Korean American children for negotiating and redefining the traditional gender norms,
close familial relationships, and cultural practices that their parents expect them to adhere to as they reach adulthood. Drawing on in-depth interviews with
137 second and 1.5 generation Korean Americans, Yoo & Kim explore issues such as their childhood experiences, their interpreted cultural traditions and values in regards to care and respect for the elderly, their attitudes and values regarding care for aging parents, their observations of parents facing retirement and life changes, and their experiences with providing care when parents face illness or the prospects of dying. A unique study at the intersection of immigration and aging, Caring Across Generations provides a new look at the linked lives of immigrants and their families, and the struggles and triumphs that they face over many generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814769997
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Grace J. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State

Barbara W. Kim is Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Long Beach."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Caring across a Lifetime
1. Brokering Dreams
2. Giving Back
3. Caring about Culture
4. Gender at Work
5. In the Midst of Caring for Ill Parents
6. Linked Lives: Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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