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Caring Across GenerationsThe Linked Lives of Korean American Families$
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Grace J. Yoo and Barbara W. Kim

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814768976

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814768976.001.0001

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Brokering Dreams

Brokering Dreams

(p.13) 1 Brokering Dreams
Caring Across Generations

Grace J. Yoo

Barbara W. Kim

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the childhoods of adult children of Korean immigrants, with particular emphasis on the pressures and challenges they experienced growing up as their parents pursued the “Korean American dream” of financial and social stability, with much of their dreams pinned on and invested in their children's educational achievements. It also examines different types of care work, especially emotional work, that the children provided to their immigrant parents in childhood. It shows that these immigrant children often found themselves brokering their parents' interactions with official worlds during their childhoods. Korean American children and teenagers also provided care and solace to their immigrant parents by getting good grades, working in family businesses, and managing family relations.

Keywords:   childhood, Korean immigrants, education, care work, emotional work, immigrant parents, immigrant children, family businesses, family relations

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