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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Mary Emery


This study examines the intergenerational conflicts experienced by Chinese immigrant youth in their acculturation experience, as well as the challenges encountered by Chinese American families. Children and parents in 13 Chinese immigrant families completed in-depth interviews with the researcher concerning family conflict issues and their impacts on Chinese youth’s acculturation experience. Based on the American- Chinese cultural conflicts, the acculturation gap may aggravate intergenerational conflicts in Chinese immigrant families, and the relationship between acculturation gap and intergenerational conflicts may be moderated by parental attachment, and opening-up communication on cultural differences in the family. This study investigates the association between cultural adjustment and intergenerational conflicts in Chinese immigrant families. The goal is to identify protective factors that mitigate elements of acculturation gap that may generate intergenerational conflicts in Chinese American families.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Conflict of generations
Immigrant families -- South Dakota
Chinese American families -- South Dakota
Chinese Americans -- Cultural assimilation
Culture conflict


Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-53)



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