ERIC Number: ED416290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-13
Acculturation Gap and Relationship between First and Second Generation Chinese-Americans.
Leung, Esther K.
Acculturation differences associated with relationship problems were studied with Chinese American immigrant parents and their children. Subjects were 20 Chinese Americans aged 9 to 16 years attending a Chinese church in a city in the mid-southern United States. Most were second generation Chinese Americans. They completed a questionnaire about acculturation modified from one completed by Korean Americans in another study. Parental comments about relationship problems were gathered informally. Over 90% of the young respondents indicated that they were happy living in the United States, that their parents loved them, and that they were happy with school life. Between 70 and 90% wished that their parents spoke English well, and most wished that their parents understood more about them and their feelings. Only 15% wanted to know more about China and its culture, and about 15% wished they were not Chinese. Parents expressed concerns that they did not understand the educational system adequately. They also voiced concerns that their children did not respect them, did not like to converse with them, and did not know about Chinese culture and values. Results demonstrate some acculturation problems. The most extreme negative opinions about culture and ethnic identity were voiced by the most recent immigrants. The acculturation gap appears to be a factor in the parent-child relationship that could have a great impact on the children's adjustment at school. The study questionnaire is attached. (Contains nine references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 13, 1997).