Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

Both parents consider it their main role to ensure that their children excel in life. For more recent immigrants this is often the sole reason for immigration. Mothers take over most responsibilities in their children's day-to-day socialization, especially the monitoring of academic progress, independent of their employment status. Fathers are more involved in recreational outings with younger children and in the guidance of the decision-making processes of older children.

In working-class families children do not spend much time with either parent and are expected to be self-disciplined and self-sufficient. In middle-class families in which the father is absent for long periods at a time, mothers take over all the disciplining tasks. In general, mothers are not expected to be very affectionate with children, but to be focused on the facilitation of their advancement. It is common for mothers who meet each other during social events to compare notes about their children's abilities and talk about various approaches to fulfilling their aspirations.

In contrast with second-generation Taiwanese Americans, most first-generation immigrants have had few other caretakers for their children, such as grandparents or hired help.

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