Archive for August, 2010

redeeming immigrant parents

I had to laugh at the title of this journal article published recently in the Journal of Adolescent Research: Redeeming immigrant parents: How Korean American emerging adults reinterpret their childhood (Kang, Hyeyoung; Okazaki, Sumie; Abelmann, Nancy; Kim-Prieto, Chu; Shanshan, Lan)

Korean American youth experience immigration-related parent-child challenges including language barriers, parent-child conflicts, and generational cultural divides. Using grounded theory methods, this article examines the ways in which 18 Korean American college-enrolled emerging adults retrospectively made sense out of their experiences of immigrant family hardships. Of those who narrated childhood hardship, over half narrated positive change in which they reinterpreted their relationship to their parents and redeemed their immigrant parents either through their own maturation or through spirituality. This narrative strategy is consistent with cognitive change in emerging adults’ view of their parents that have been documented in other studies (Arnett, 2004). Only a minority of participants did not narrate positive changes and remained distressed over their relationship to their parents. Findings suggest the possibility that narration of positive change is a culturally salient process by which many Korean American emerging adults come to terms with early family challenges.

So friends, there is hope!  Maybe one day someone’s parent will publish a companion piece: “Redeeming second generation children.”  Can’t wait.


we’re #2!

For teaching:

(Let the record reflect that I don’t actually teach undergrads)

reason #283821

That I’m trying to hold out on getting a smartphone for as long as possible:

university of minnesota, rochester

Some fun innovation.  Amazing that they require that you do research about your teaching as a tenure requirement!

For Gascoigne, the flagship University of Minnesota campus in the Twin Cities seemed monstrously large, and private St. Olaf College was far too expensive. So she commutes twenty-four miles each way to UMR from her 3,000-citizen hometown of Zumbrota (motto: “The only Zumbrota in the world”). She describes her typical weekend as “studying, and cleaning my apartment,” which she shares with her roommate, a hairdresser. This explains the spiky hair.

America’s system of old universities has always done a good job of educating a small percentage of talented and well-off students. But the old system is ill-equipped for Jessica Gascoigne and Chelsea Griffin and hundreds of thousands of other students who need universities that are designed to help them in the way that UMR helps its students. For now, the University of Minnesota’s new Rochester campus is an interesting outlier. If more people can see the true potential of its newness, it will be much more.

western schools in skorea

First day of class tomorrow!  Ack!

the mind at work

Lovely piece by Mike Rose on the value of an education.  Big regret that I never got to take his writing class at UCLA.  Thanks to Victor/Hoi-ning for reposting:

i scream

Not one, but two Ohio contributors to the world of premium ice cream are mentioned: