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ERIC Number: ED285359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Considerations in Working with Asian Parents.
Leung, Brian
The paper examines cultural variables of which providers of educational services should be aware when working with Asian American parents. Preliminary cautions are expressed regarding different underlying reasons for similar overt behavior, the vast scope of within-group differences among Asians, and difficulties of determining the extent of influence of cultural values on individuals' or families' behaviors. Culturally related considerations are noted, including the tendency to misinterpret the interactional patterns of Asians with professionals. The author sets forth three levels of variables which providers should understand: (1) basic Asian cultural orientations towards receiving outside assistance; (2) the language barrier and day-to-day survival issues; and (3) emotional and physical traumas from war, as experienced by the Asian refugee populations. Similarities and differences among "chopstick" and "non-chopstick" cultures are charted. The paper concludes with suggestions of appropriate questions which may be asked to gain insights into the culture. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the conference of the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, "Vulnerable Infants, Stressed Families: Challenges for Research and Practice" (Los Angeles, CA, February 20-22, 1987). For a related document, see EC 200 296.