10 - Min reading on korean immigration and marital confict

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Unformatted text preview: SFL 354 SFL 354 Reading: Immigration and Gender Role Changes among Korean Americans Individual and couple changes Individual and couple changes among Korean immigrants ► Increased participation in U.S. work force by Korean wives. Why? Economic necessity Easier for high school educated wives to find work than college degree husbands because: ► Low status jobs are available ____________________ ► Less threat associated with ____________________ ► Husbands often limited by __________________________ ► Greater economic role in the family increases wife’s bargaining power. How? Individual and couple changes Individual and couple changes among Korean immigrants ► Increased participation in U.S. work force by Korean wives. Why? Economic necessity Easier for high school educated wives to find work than college degree husbands because: ► Low status jobs are available even without English ► Less threat associated with the female “Savage” ► Husbands often limited by their own pride and status anxiety ► Greater economic role in the family increases wife’s bargaining power. How? Individual and couple changes Individual and couple changes among Korean immigrants ► With more relational power comes potential for conflict in Korean immigrant couples. Why? Wife works more (change in cultural gender roles) but still has to do “second shift.” So why shouldn’t his gender role have to change too? Individual changing provokes systemic attempt at return to equilibrium (need for stability): ► Too much change already ­ _________________ ► Give me some credit here ­ __________________ ► Coping strategies aren’t helping – _________________ Individual and couple changes Individual and couple changes among Korean immigrants ► With more relational power comes potential for conflict in Korean immigrant couples. Why? Wife works more (change in cultural gender roles) but still has to do “second shift.” So why shouldn’t his gender role have to change too? Individual changing provokes systemic attempt at return to equilibrium (need for stability): ► Too much change already ­ Cultural values including Confucian­based patriarchy need to be maintained. ► Give me some credit here ­ Men are already helping more at home than they ever did in Korea. ► Coping strategies aren’t helping –too many disadvantageous ones ­ drinking, gambling, golfing, “face­saving” expenditures Other points Other points ► Theorized to be different for Korean immigrants because: Cultural homogeneity of Koreans – more so than other cultures (in author’s opinion) Economic segregation – lots of small business High level of participation in Korean Christian churches ► Conflict arises because of blurring in the line that separates home and work roles (if husband and wife work together) Take­Home Assignment Take­Home Assignment ► Based on definitions of collectivism and individualism (p. 87), what are: 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages of collectivism for individuals in a collectivistic culture ...
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