Children from Chinese and Korean Immigrant Families and Their Education: An Exploratory Study

By Jie Zhang and Eunjoo Kim.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Published online: January 25, 2016 $US5.00

This exploratory study was to investigate the demographic characteristics of Chinese and Korean immigrant families living in the Greater Rochester Area of New York in the United States (US), and these families’ perspectives and needs for support concerning their children’s growth and development. A total number of forty Chinese families and twenty Korean families participated in this research. Descriptive data were analysed to report the demographic characteristics of the Chinese and Korean immigrant families. The results of the data analyses indicated that the Korean families used their primary language of Korean more often at home than the Chinese families using Chinese, while the participating Chinese families had higher annual gross incomes and more Chinese parents had been in US longer. Among the Chinese participants, the study investigated their use of Chinese language in general, but did not specify the language being Mandarin, Cantonese, or other dialects. Qualitative data analyses were used to report the families’ perspectives and needs. The paper also discussed how educational professionals can use the information on their culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families to enhance the students’ learning experience via culturally responsive teaching approaches.

Keywords: Children from Immigrant Families, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, School-Family Collaboration

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.15-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 25, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 695.359KB)).

Dr. Jie Zhang

Associate Professor, Department of Education and Human Development, School of Education and Human Services, The College at Brockport State University of New York, Brockport, New York, USA

Dr. Eunjoo Kim

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana, USA