Learning to Navigate the New World: Korean-Immigrant Parental Expectations and Challenges in the United States
Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
Korean-American immigrant parents participated in one of four focus groups addressing their parental expectations and challenges. While Korean-immigrant parents differed in level of identification with U.S. culture, they retained much of their Korean cultural identities. Findings demonstrate the complex nature of parental expectations and challenges. Challenges went beyond the obvious difficulties with a new language, as feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness were prevalent. There were concerns about cultural differences, a lack of knowledge about those differences, and how they might negotiate important life venues. Community practitioners need to learn culturally competent ways of implementing services to this population.
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Lee, J., Donlan, W. T., Clark-Shim, H., Kim, J., & Bank, L. (2016). Learning to Navigate the New World: Korean-Immigrant Parental Expectations and Challenges in the United States. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 14(1), 26-45.