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Learning to Navigate the New World: Korean-Immigrant Parental Expectations and Challenges in the United States
Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2016)
  • Junghee Lee, Portland State University
  • William "Ted" Donlan, Portland State University
  • Hyuny Clark-Shim, Portland State University
  • Jangmin Kim, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Lew Bank, Portland State University
Abstract
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.
Publication Date
February 17, 2016
DOI
10.1080/15562948.2015.1009608
Publisher Statement
© 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Citation Information
Lee, J., Donlan, W. “Ted,” 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, 1–20.