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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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In the Midst of Caring for Ill Parents

In the Midst of Caring for Ill Parents

(p.135) 5 In the Midst of Caring for Ill Parents
Caring Across Generations

Grace J. Yoo

Barbara W. Kim

NYU Press

This chapter explores how adult children of Korean immigrants navigate health care options for their parents, paying attention to the personal limitations and challenges that they face in caring for chronically ill or frail elders. The lives of Korean immigrants are intertwined with those of their adult children as many parents face challenges that include language barriers, prejudice and discrimination, lack of information regarding illness, health, and health care services, and difficulties interacting with health care providers and institutions. Furthermore, many Korean Americans lack insurance due to high rates of self-employment. This chapter considers the ways that immigrant children fulfill the roles of advocate and intermediary in order to secure health care and wellness for their immigrant parents, along with their own struggle to find ways to care for themselves and balance their lives.

Keywords:   immigrant children, Korean immigrant, health care, illness, health, Korean Americans, wellness, immigrant parents

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