Socializing Children Into Immigrant Communities

1139 WordsJul 9, 20185 Pages
Language and emotion are very important to human development as it creates identity and perception of the self. In addition, language and emotion are important to socialization and a person’s perception of the world. These messages are taught differently throughout the world and are influenced by the family, community and culture therefore children adapt as a result of their learned experiences (Miller and Mangelsdorf 2005). This paper focuses on research conducted by Kusserow (1999), Fung (1999) and Orellana (2001). The researchers’ methodologies differ greatly but each touches on the approach of socializing children into each culture and subculture’s teachings on acquiring various forms of language and emotion. In De-homogenizing…show more content…
As Orellana states, findings or results were not quantitative however, the children are the backbone of their families. Kusserow, Fung and Orellana’s work explore different aspects of language and emotion, however, each touches on the subject of socio and ethnocentrism. Western societies, specifically the United States, focus on what things are appropriate to teach children and what is not (Kusserow 1999). However, Kusserow also notes that most of the information derived and generalized to the West really comes from research conducted on middle-class Americans (1999). Fung also agrees with Kusserow’s critique of Western hegemonic culture. She states that Western scholars do not take the time to understand these practices outside of their theoretical bubble. Thus, Western scholars view Chinese shaming practices as problematic and feel that it will negatively impact children’s emotional development. In reality the culture is preventing that from occurring and teaching children how to be functional members of their society (Fung 1999). Orellana (2001) presents comparable dichotomies with Fung and Kusserow’s research. She presents the immigrant experience as being invisible yet being overshadowed by being blamed for taking resources from the rest of society. In her specific research she states that the children are also seen as taking from society but are viewed differently as they do not contribute anything back to society. She argues that it is not
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