By Nancy Foner
Immigrants and their American-born kids symbolize approximately one zone of the U.S. inhabitants. Drawing on wealthy, in-depth ethnographic examine, the attention-grabbing case stories in throughout Generations learn the intricacies of family among the generations in a vast diversity of immigrant groups—from Latin the USA, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa—and supply a feeling of what way of life is like in immigrant families.Moving past the clich? of the kids of immigrants carrying out pitched battles opposed to tradition-bound mom and dad from the previous state, those brilliant essays provide a nuanced view that brings out the binds that bind the generations in addition to the tensions that divide them. Tackling key concerns like parental self-discipline, marriage offerings, academic and occupational expectancies, felony prestige, and transnational relatives ties, throughout Generations brings an important insights to our realizing of the U.S. as a kingdom of immigrants.Contributors: Leisy Abrego, JoAnn D'Alisera, Joanna Dreby, Yen Le Espiritu, Greta Gilbertson, Nazli Kibria, Cecilia Menj'var, Jennifer E. Sykes, Mary C. Waters, and Min Zhou.
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Estimated from the Current Population Survey (CPS) data 1998–2000. See Logan et al. 2001. 5. Compared to 8 percent under age eighteen and 8 percent between ages eighteen and twenty-four in the first generation. 6. S. Census Bureau 2007. 7. “Ethnoburb” is a term developed by Wei Li (1997) to refer to suburban ethnic clustering of diverse groups with no single racial ethnic group dominating. Los Angeles’s Monterey Park is a typical ethnoburb. 8. Gans 1992; Portes and Zhou 1993; Zhou 1997. 9. Yeh and Bedford 2003.
In Chinese language school, Chinese immigrant children come to understand that their own problems with their parents are common in Chinese families and that their parents are simply acting like other Chinese parents. They come to terms with the fact that growing up in Chinese families is different. As Betty Lee Sung observes: For Chinese immigrant children who live in New York’s Chinatown or in satellite Chinatowns, these [bi-cultural] conflicts are moderated to a large degree because there are other Chinese children around to mitigate the dilemmas that they encounter.
As I have emphasized, Chinese immigrant families cannot be viewed in isolation. Many are intricately and closely connected to broader networks in the wider ethnic community. Ethnic educational institutions and children-oriented programs, as I have shown, not only provide tangible resources in the form, for example, of educational training, but also serve as effective mechanisms of social control, thereby reinforcing parental values. At the same time, they give young people a socially accepted place to develop their own coping strategies as well as social relationships with peers experiencing the same dilemmas at home.