Similarities and Differences
Among Asian American Family Groups
James L. Primus
Dr. Rowena G. Wilson
September 14, 2010
Similarities Among Asian Family Groups
Similarities among the Chinese American Families, Japanese American Families, Vietnamese American Families, Korean American Families and Indo-American Families is basically traditional/patriarchal in that women and children are taught to have respect for their elders and are raised in home were strict discipline is carried out by the father. “The traditional role of the mother is to provide nutrients and support. The father’s role is to discipline.” (McGoldrick, Giordano and Pearce 1996, p. 231). “Asian American Families are traditional in structure and hold onto rituals and customs.” (McGoldrick,). “Family structure varies greatly among Asian American families; many are still strongly influenced by the male-dominated patriarchal Asian family traditions.” (Hildebrand, Phenice, Gray, and Hines 2008, p. 115). The majority of Asian families has suffered some kind of trauma related to war. This is one similarity that Asian families are burden with resulting in massive migration of the populace. “Most Asians countries have suffered years of war and political turmoil, the stress of which compounds the migration strain that all immigrants experience. Many immigrants and refugees experienced unwilling separations and exposure to trauma, both in the home country and in search the search for sanctuary .” (McGoldrick et al p. 235). Asians families have a low divorce rate this can be attributed to, “the valuing of family over the individual - is credited for the rarity of divorce.” (Taylor, 2002). The Asian American family has close parental control over their children, resulting in low crime. Pg. 1....