Generational differences in acculturation among Asian families in Canada: A comparison of Vietnamese, Korean, and East‐Indian groups

Authors:
Kyunghwa Kwak, John W. Berry
Published Online:
18 Oct 2010
DOI:
10.1080/00207590042000119
Pages:
152-162
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 36 Issue 3

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By examining generational differences between adolescents and their parents, the present study attempts to establish which specific aspects of strong kinship are maintained among Asian groups undergoing acculturation. Vietnamese (adolescent N = 104; parent N = 70), Korean (N = 111; N = 83), and East‐Indian (N = 97; N = 84) families were compared for family relations and acculturation attitudes. As compared to the Anglo‐Celtic group (adolescent N = 151; parent N = 116), Asian adolescents maintained stronger responsibilities within the family while disagreeing more with parents about their independence and roles in decision making, and expressing different preferences about intercultural contacts. However, since both parents and adolescents from the three groups clearly differ from each other for both family relations and acculturation attitudes, it is argued that generational differences should be particularized by each group's selective emphasis upon different cultural issues.

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