Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US


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Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US

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Drawing on a uniquely comparative, multi-sited research model, Pei-Chia Lan examines how four groups of ethnic Chinese parents in Taiwan and the United States negotiate cultural differences and class inequality to raise children in the contexts of globalization and immigration. She finds that despite sharing a similar ethnic cultural background, these parents develop class-specific, context-sensitive strategies of childrearing to maintain their particular version of a middle-class lifestyle in the globalized world.

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Publisher Stanford University Press
ISBN-10 1503605906
ISBN-13 9781503605909
eBay Product ID (ePID) 239956961

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Format Trade Paperback
Publication Year 2018
Language English

Width 6in.
Length 9in.

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Dewey Edition 23
Table of Content Contents and Abstracts Introduction: Anxious Parents in Global Times chapter abstract This chapter starts with vignettes that demonstrate a variety of class-specific practice Chinese parenting across the Pacific and situates this study in three sets of literature: parenting and ethnic culture, immigrant parenting, and parenting and social class. The chapter introduces the approach of transnational relational analysis to examine how parents develop strategic actions and emotional experiences of childrearing in relation to other parents. It also proposes the concept of global security strategy to examine how parents reflect upon their class experience in relation to globalization and immigration to evaluate the challenges in the family”s present and their children”s future; their particular views of globalized risk direct them to engage in spatial and cultural (im)mobility to create and maintain their perceived ideas of family security. 1Transpacific Flows of Ideas and People chapter abstract Chapter 1 overviews the transpacific movement of ideas and resources that facilitated the spatial and cultural mobilities of Taiwanese and immigrant parents across historical periods: the geopolitical and immigration links between Taiwan and the United States after World War II, Taiwan”s changing scripts of parenting and transnational cultural circuits since the 1990s, immigration from postreform China to Taiwan and the United States, and the current global economy and the increase of “ancestral homeland migration” among the second generation. Transnationalism from both above and below alters the family lives of those who move overseas and of those who stay in the country of origin. Repertoires of childrearing are changing as a result of time-space compression and global-local entanglements, but these changes reach parents unevenly across the class spectrum. 2Taiwanese Middle Class: Raising Global Children chapter abstract Chapter 2 describes the global security strategies of middle-class parents who have achieved intergenerational mobility and enjoyed material gains and flexible mobility in the globalized economy. They lament their own loss of childhood in the past and worry about uncertainties in their children”s future. To safeguard their children”s happiness and creativeness, these privileged parents mobilize their economic and cultural capitals to exit the local education system or to advocate for reform. Many adopt the strategy of cultivating global competitiveness by choosing elite schools and cultivating Western cultural capital, and some pursue a strategy of orchestrating natural growth by seeking out a Western model of alternative education as a form of cultural mobility. 3Taiwanese Working Class: Affirming Parental Legitimacy chapter abstract Chapter 3 looks into the security strategies of working-class parents. Less-educated Taiwanese men have encountered stagnant mobility in the globalized economy; some seek transnational unions to escape their disadvantaged status in the local marriage market. With the new middle-class ideals of parental competency promoted by Taiwan”s government and school, working-class parents, including immigrant mothers, suffer from a decline in parental legitimacy. Some parents reinforce harsh discipline to claim legitimacy while others outsource education to improve their children”s opportunities for class mobility. 4Immigrant Middle Class: Raising Confident Children chapter abstract US immigration is generally viewed as a pathway to social mobility by people in Taiwan and China, but many immigrants experience otherwise. Even highly educated professionals, men in particular, may encounter racial discrimination and blocked mobility at American workplaces. Chapter 4 describes the security strategies of highly educated immigrants who share a narrative of declining cultural confidence. Their security strategies center on how to protect or achieve a sense of confidence among second-generatio
Dewey Decimal 306.850951249
Age Level Scholarly & Professional
Copyright Date 2018
Author Pei-Chia LAN
Number of Pages 256 Pages
Lc Classification Number Hq792.C6l36 2018
Reviews Pei-Chia Lan makes an extraordinary contribution to contemporary scholarship on parenting strategies by demonstrating how ethnic culture and social class interact within four different social groups spanning two geographic regions. As she does, she illuminates complex processes such as globalization and transnationalism, making this a superb book for classroom use., Raising Global Families dispels the myth of the tiger mom, telling a compelling story of parenting that is less about unique cultures than about the forces of globalization. Through thoughtful and meticulous analysis of ethnographic data in transnational contexts, Pei-Chia Lan demonstrates how Chinese parents in Taiwan and the United States cope with their intensified feelings of ambivalence and insecurity and how this surfaces in childrearing. This study advances the understanding of parenting beyond the family and local milieus.
Lccn 2017-046837

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