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Unformatted text preview: Week 11: Family and Community Processes November 5, 2010 Growing Up American • Objective: to describe how patterns of adaption among young Vietnamese are shaped • Contextual levels o Structure of opportunities o Expectations created by host society o Externally imposed racial and class expectations • Interesting comparisons and contrasts o Vietnamese poor o Black (and white) poor Comparisons Contrasts Human capital Social capital • High school grades • Family structure • High school drop outs • Work ethic • College graduates • Community involvement • Traditional vs. egoistical values Financial capital • Medium income • Poverty status • Occupation • Social Capital? o System of relationships that promotes advantageous outcomes • Vietnamese Family values o Traditional To obey parents Though Catholic, the values derive To work and/or study hard from Confucian background o American To think for oneself To be popular • Networks of Social Relations o Foundations of Respect prescribed by families and community For elders; for authority; for peers; for oneself o Religious Institutions opportunities to come together and reaffirm their ethnic values Place to gather and share feelings and emotions; place to transmit culture, including language Ethnic involvement (over half speak/read/write Vietnamese very well) o Ethnic Economies Informal ethnic resources—loans, labor, and protected markets • • Gardening (self ­sufficiency) o Result: dense set of social relations that leads to affirmation…leads to a high level conformity! Academic Orientation Traditional family values Work ethic Ethnic involvement o Result: lower dropout rates, high (self ­reported) grades, plans to go to college Adaptation in American schools Conclusion: despite lack of human and financial capital, Vietnamese children have adapted well because they have been embedded in networks rich in social and cultural capital. ...
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