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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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Caring Across Generations

Grace J. Yoo

Barbara W. Kim

NYU Press

This chapter explores how adult children of Korean immigrants in their twenties, thirties, and forties are navigating and remembering their parents' traumatic, war-inflected pre-migration histories. In particular, it considers how immigrant children are giving back for their parents' challenges and sacrifices while also making choices for themselves with respect to career, love, and marriage. It also shows how the immigration experience is connected to American-born and/or American-raised adult children to the Korean War experiences of their immigrant parents. Finally, it examines how adult children recognize their own feelings around obligations and duty to their parents as they reflect on their own dreams, passions, and needs for self-care.

Keywords:   trauma, Korean immigrants, immigrant children, career, love, marriage, immigration, immigrant parents, Korean War, self-care

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