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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 about Culture

Caring about Culture

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Caring Across Generations

Grace J. Yoo

Barbara W. Kim

NYU Press

This chapter explores how adult children of Korean immigrants view their cultural identity and practice cultural traditions while also reclaiming and re-making their culture and interpreting it in new ways that provide meaning in their Korean American contexts. Focusing on the work of women in continuing and remaking Korean culture, the chapter considers the Korean American children's experiences of familiarity with cultural rituals and their meanings as well as degrees of identification and attachment to their cultural heritage. It also sheds light on the immigrant children's journey towards a formation of cultural and ethnic identity beyond the pivotal college years. Although the cultural experiences of reclaiming and remaking what is Korean vary, the chapter shows that Korean American children have strong desire to retain the value of respect towards elders and to care for their immigrant parents in old age.

Keywords:   cultural identity, Korean immigrants, cultural traditions, cultural rituals, cultural heritage, immigrant children, ethnic identity, Korean American children, immigrant parents, Korean culture

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