The Asian American Man Study-2015 Results
Jason Shen
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Nice! I enjoyed reading your research summary. I once did a paper in grad school (Ph.D. program in communication studies, rhetoric and rhetorical-critical studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln) regarding forms of social support among families for the pursuit of higher education, comparing Chinese and American graduate students and their families. Much smaller sample, but extensive qualitative interviews. I’d taught English in China and was intrigued by how much families were willing to do to help young people in college, even through graduate school and, often, even after the students’ marriage and having had children themselves. In one case, Chinese parents/grandparents continued to cook daily for the young student family while they pursued gradaute educations. In the U.S., these personalized forms of family support seem supplanted by expectations of independence and institutional forms of support — work-study programs, student loans, grants, etc. American families seem more likely to “let go” of their adult children sooner, even at age 18, and especially once they got beyond undergrad school. I suppose one idea was American students, with greater expectations for independence for themselves and from their families, nevertheless had less social support for higher educational pursuits, a type of disadvantage.

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