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Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America by Nancy Foner

By Nancy Foner

Immigrants and their American-born teenagers characterize approximately one region of the USA inhabitants. Drawing on wealthy, in-depth ethnographic learn, the attention-grabbing case reviews in throughout Generations learn the intricacies of kinfolk among the generations in a wide variety 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 of the youngsters of immigrants conducting pitched battles opposed to tradition-bound mom and dad from the outdated state, those brilliant essays provide a nuanced view that brings out the binds that bind the generations in addition to the tensions that divide them.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, criminal prestige, and transnational family members ties, throughout Generations brings the most important insights to our figuring out of the us as a country 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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With a rebellious daughter, they had nothing to brag about and they lost the war. It may seem silly now, but at that time I really liked what I did. Chinese parents who were raised in the Confucian tradition tend to be particularly demanding and unyielding about their children’s educational achievement. While education is generally considered a primary means to upward social mobility in all American families, it is emphasized in some unique ways in the immigrant Chinese family. First and foremost, the children’s success in school is tied to face-saving for the family.

Immigrant Chinese parents believe that hard work, rather than natural ability or innate intelligence, is the key to educational success. Regardless of socioeconomic background, they tend to think that their children can get A’s on all their exams if they just work hard, and if the children get lower grades they will be scolded for not working hard enough. The parents also believe that by working twice as hard it is possible to overcome structural disadvantages associated with immigrant and/or racial minority status.

These children attend schools where white students are in the majority and have few primary contacts with coethnic peers. Many grow up speaking only English at home and have mostly white friends. Overall, compared to the old, pre-1965, second generation, members of the new second generation are growing up in a more open society. They do not face the kinds of legal barriers to educational and occupational attainment that blocked the mobility of the old second generation. They tend to live in family neighborhoods and have more sources of social support beyond the ethnic community.

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