Asian Transnational Families
Minjeong Kim, Kristy Y. Shih, Hung Cam Thai, Pei-Chia Lan
Discussant/Chair: Kristy Y. Shih
- Ethnic Minorities
About the Session
- 333-01 - Divergent Paths Among Middle-Class Korean Immigrant Wives in the U.S.-Mexico Border RegionBy Minjeong Kim
- 333-02 - Challenges and Struggles of Growing Up Alone in the U.S./Canada: Experiences of Former “Parachute Kids” From TaiwanBy Kristy Y. Shih
- 333-03 - Living It Up by Turning to the Homeland Among Low-Wage Vietnamese ImmigrantsBy Hung Cam Thai
- 333-04 - Raising Transnational Children: Reversed Cultural Mobility of Taiwanese Immigrant FamiliesBy Pei-Chia Lan
Transnational families are those families whose members are separated physically between two or more nation-states but maintain close ties and relationships (Schmalzbauer 2004). Transnational family arrangements are diverse and take a multitude of forms. In the proposed symposium session, we explore 4 different forms of transnational families from different Asian countries: Korean immigrant women living in the U.S.-Mexico border region (whose husbands are transnational transferees or “expatriate managers” of Korean multinational corporations based in the U.S.), adult former “parachute kids” from Taiwan, low-wage Vietnamese transnational immigrants who returned to their homeland, and Taiwanese immigrant parents raising transnational children in the Boston area .
To analyze, qualitatively and sociologically, the family dynamics of individuals in transnational families.To critically analyze transnational family arrangements and experiences.To examine and understand the lived experiences of transnational migrants and their families in the U.S. and their homeland.