Learning from My Mother's Voice: Family Legend and the Chinese American Experience

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Teachers College Press, 2005 - Psychology - 167 pages
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A compelling saga of mothers and daughters, survival and striving, women, family, and culture that will resonate with all Americans who have immigrant roots.

This fascinating book takes a new and different look at the immigrant experience of Asian Americans. Through the voice of her Chinese mother, the author examines perennial themes of separation, loss, guilt, and bicultural identity in the lives of immigrant families. Grounded in a historical context that spans events of more than a century, World War II, McCarthyism, Civil Rights, the Women's movement, this volume: Uses oral history to show how families rely upon myth and legend as they adjust to a new culture. Illustrates how strong cultural and intergenerational bonds can both support and oppress Chinese American families; Uses Asian mythology and symbols to understand the psyche of Chinese Americans and their immigration experience, illustrating the contrasting world views of Asian and Western culture. Provides strategies for coping with the immigration experience for use by counselors and other professionals.

 

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Contents

Foreword hyessieu Henderson Daniel
1
MaleFemale Bonds
14
Contemporary Storytelling and Immigration Legend
27
The Search
40
Becoming Healthy Wealthy and Wise
53
CONTRASTS BETWEEN CULTURES
63
Of Women and Culture
89
Family and Community Bonds
104
Immigrant Bonds
120
Poverty Amidst Plenty
133
Expand Our Notions of Family
147
References
161
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Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D., ABPP is Systemwide Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. She is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of clinical, educational, and management experience in health and mental health services.

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