Parents’ attitudes toward education

(KTSF by Jo Wan)

2. Parents’ attitudes toward education

About one third of the students in College Park School or Claire Lilienthal Alternative School ‘s immersion programs are biracial. Most of the Asian parents want to pass down their Asian heritage to their biracial children both in terms of speaking their mother language or experiencing Asian culture. Sending their kids to language immersion program such as Chinese or Korean is one of the efficient ways to reach that goal.

When it comes to the education, there are some significantly different attitudes and expectations between Asian mothers and Caucasian fathers. In a typical Chinese family, parents put their children’s education first. They tend to spend more time pushing their kids to study while American fathers want their children to have more fun during the process of learning. American parents want to raise their children to be thinkers, independent minded, not just a bookworm.

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This project is a collaboration of New America Media (the nation’s first and largest network of ethnic news services–if you wan to add), San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com and KTSF Television (a local Asian-language station–if you want to add). We launched the project with the idea that telling each other our stories would encourage communities to talk about common goals.

KTSF will air the stories from Monday, July 2nd through Wednesday, July 4th in the Chinese language, live newscasts at 7pm and 10pm. The stories are also available on the KTSF website. The story will be published in San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Insight section and posted on SFGATE.com on July 2nd. New America Media will also publish the story in English and Chinese, along with a short video, on July 1st.

To read the story on SFGate.com, please visit:

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/S-F-parents-opt-for-language-immersion-for-kids-3673897.php

To view the video or read the story in Chinese on New America Media, please visit:

http://newamericamedia.org/2012/07/sf-korean-immersion.php

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