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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 work to be present for their aging parents, with particular emphasis on the interrelationships among ethnicity, culture, and gender that shape expectations, attitudes, and practices concerning care giving. It considers how immigrant children become more aware of changes and losses happening in their parents' lives, including retirement from work, selling businesses, marital difficulties, and death of close friends and family members. It shows that adult daughters, both near and far, are more acutely aware of and responsive to changes happening in their parents' lives, and that they maintain close ties with their immigrant parents even as they are cognizant of and empathetic to changes their parents experience as they age. This chapter also examines the negotiations that take place between spouses and among siblings in providing financial and other types of support to aging parents.

Keywords:   immigrant children, Korean immigrants, aging parents, ethnicity, culture, gender, care giving, daughters, emotion work, immigrant parents

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