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Family Tightrope: The Changing Lives of Vietnamese Americans

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Publisher Comments:

"The first book devoted exclusively to the study of changing family household, gender, and generational relations within the Vietnamese-American community. It is valuable not only because it shatters the stereotype of the unchanging Confucian family but also because it provides a testable framework for tracing patterns of relative economic success and failure in Vietnamese and possibly other communities."--James Freeman, author of Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives

"This book is valuable not only because it shatters the stereotype of the unchanging Confucian family but also because it provides a testable framework for tracing patterns of relative economic success and failure in Vietnamese and possibly other communities. This is an excellent book. I recommend it highly."--James Freeman, San Jose State University

Synopsis:

"The first book devoted exclusively to the study of changing family household, gender, and generational relations within the Vietnamese-American community. It is valuable not only because it shatters the stereotype of the unchanging Confucian family but also because it provides a testable framework for tracing patterns of relative economic success and failure in Vietnamese and possibly other communities."--James Freeman, author of Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives

"This book is valuable not only because it shatters the stereotype of the unchanging Confucian family but also because it provides a testable framework for tracing patterns of relative economic success and failure in Vietnamese and possibly other communities. This is an excellent book. I recommend it highly."--James Freeman, San Jose State University

Synopsis:

In recent years the popular media have described Vietnamese Americans as the quintessential American immigrant success story, attributing their accomplishments to the values they learn in the traditional, stable, hierarchical confines of their family. Questioning the accuracy of such family portrayals, Nazli Kibria draws on in-depth interviews and participant observation with Vietnamese immigrants in Philadelphia to show how they construct their family lives in response to the social and economic challenges posed by migration and resettlement. To a surprising extent, the "traditional" family unit rarely exists, and its hierarchical organization has been greatly altered.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-180) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Assimilation, Adaptation, and Immigrant Life3
Ch. 2The Study and the Setting24
Ch. 3Vietnamese Roots38
Ch. 4Patchworking: Households in the Economy73
Ch. 5The Family Tightrope: Gender Relations108
Ch. 6Generation Gaps144
Ch. 7The Changing Contours of Vietnamese American Family Life167
Bibliography173
Index181

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691021157
Author:
Kibria, Nazli
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Vietnamese American families.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Vietnameses americanos
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
Band 1
Publication Date:
March 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 oz

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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Product details 200 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691021157 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "The first book devoted exclusively to the study of changing family household, gender, and generational relations within the Vietnamese-American community. It is valuable not only because it shatters the stereotype of the unchanging Confucian family but also because it provides a testable framework for tracing patterns of relative economic success and failure in Vietnamese and possibly other communities."--James Freeman, author of Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives

"This book is valuable not only because it shatters the stereotype of the unchanging Confucian family but also because it provides a testable framework for tracing patterns of relative economic success and failure in Vietnamese and possibly other communities. This is an excellent book. I recommend it highly."--James Freeman, San Jose State University

"Synopsis" by , In recent years the popular media have described Vietnamese Americans as the quintessential American immigrant success story, attributing their accomplishments to the values they learn in the traditional, stable, hierarchical confines of their family. Questioning the accuracy of such family portrayals, Nazli Kibria draws on in-depth interviews and participant observation with Vietnamese immigrants in Philadelphia to show how they construct their family lives in response to the social and economic challenges posed by migration and resettlement. To a surprising extent, the "traditional" family unit rarely exists, and its hierarchical organization has been greatly altered.
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