By Nancy Foner
Immigrants and their American-born childrens signify approximately one region of the us inhabitants. Drawing on wealthy, in-depth ethnographic learn, the attention-grabbing case reports in throughout Generations learn the intricacies of kinfolk among the generations in a extensive diversity of immigrant groups—from Latin the United States, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa—and provide 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 of the kids of immigrants carrying out pitched battles opposed to tradition-bound mom and dad from the outdated kingdom, those brilliant essays supply a nuanced view that brings out the binds that bind the generations in addition to the tensions that divide them. Tackling key matters like parental self-discipline, marriage offerings, academic and occupational expectancies, criminal prestige, and transnational kin ties, throughout Generations brings an important insights to our realizing 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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Involvement in the Chinese ethnic community is critical in explaining why this is so. Most remarkable is the educational success of Chinese immigrant children, who significantly outperform other Americans, including non-Hispanic whites. They score exceptionally well on standardized tests and are overrepresented in the nation’s elite universities as well as in the top lists of many national or regional academic competitions. They have appeared repeatedly in the top-ten award winners’ list of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, now renamed the Intel Science Talent Search, one of the country’s most prestigious high school academic prizes.
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. Parents consistently remind their children that achievement is a duty and an obligation to the family goal, and that if they fail they will bring shame to the family. Not surprisingly, children are under tremendous pressure to succeed.
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Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America by Nancy Foner