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date: 20 October 2019

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This essay offers a critical assessment of the general concepts and frameworks commonly used in existing literature on Asian American families. It examines different views and approaches, illuminating how issues concerning discrimination, mobility, and diversity have led to a wide range of topics and focuses. The essay shows how investigations of cultural differences, power relations, gender roles, generational gaps, children’s performance in school, and parenting have effectively identified unique characteristics of Asian American families and laid important groundwork for the field. It also raises questions that remain to be addressed. Suggested future trajectories include studies from cross-cultural or cross-ethnic perspectives, investigation of cultural interactions, and research on the impact of globalization. The essay also points out some common but understudied forms of families.

Keywords: power relations, gender roles, generational gaps, children, parenting

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