In this paperwork, I am going to develop a thesis on both family socialization and racial and political identities depicting how these aspects have influenced and shaped the lives of Chinese Americans- me included. I will also be discussing how these aspects interrelate to each other- all in this paperwork.
It is a fact that young children usually spend, far, more time with their families than with anyone else and, therefore, tend to obtain the family’s behavior, values, manners, and attitudes. It could be the reason the family is considered as one of the major agents of socialization, since the family encourages and nurtures learning in young children. Through a literature review, it has been depicted that the family plays an indispensable position in the diffusion of the essential values and norms that are required for the existence of a healthy society. The institution of the family unit in America is recognized as the chief transmitter of edification as a center value in spite of learning setting. It is, therefore, important to note that, for some, it comes by way of nativity and concession while for others; it comes by way of hard work, insistence, and perseverance in the face of unfavorable economic issues. Hence, academic accomplishment is less without the family as a guiding power. The concept of family socialization is well adopted by the Chinese Americans in an attempt to make sure that the children are brought up in a healthy way, thereby, reducing the chances of them, the children, engaging in evil activities; such as theft. The family teaches the young generation on the significance of being independent, hence it is the responsibility of the family to provide their children with the best education so as they can get be absorbed in the job market. In America, it is important to note that they’re exists discrimination between the Native American and the Chinese American that make it hard for the Chinese Americans to secure better job. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the family to help the children, during their development, to cope with this issue- discrimination. Through literature review, family socialization plays a significant role as far as the Chinese American is considered, such as the maturity of the trust, the penchant to take inventiveness, the development of liberty. I cannot fail to mention that, I have acquired the character of being independent of my family setting. Through family socialization, the Chinese American have been in a position of relating peacefully with people from all walk of life, since America is comprised of many ethnic groups, despite the fact that they are discriminated by the majority groups, especially when it come to important affairs, such as political matters (Yang, 2006).
As I mentioned earlier, research has it that parents play a critical role in the socialization of children and adolescents, but it is also important to note that some research suggests that parents influence on their progeny declines during teenage years as adolescence squanders rising amounts of time with peers. It is, therefore, necessary for the family to invest a lot of time when the child is young- a fact that has been adopted by the Chinese American. It is also important to note that, both the Leninism and interdependence of the Chinese American culture, specifically, propose repeatedly strong ties between the parents and the children, whereby, the young generation is encouraged to treat their elders with admiration and respect and look to them for direction. The Chinese American, therefore, develops positively, since they have someone to lean on when things get worse, such as mental issues. Experts have argued that family socialization play a persistent, and an essential role in their development- children development (Yang, 2006).
When it comes to political identity, it is important to note that any part of your identity that you adopt when voting could be considered a political identity. Race, gender, and sex have confirmed more often than not to be political identities. From the definition of political identity, we can say that there exists a strong relationship between the family socializations and the political identity, since most the Chinese Americans will tend to copy or move with the family members when it comes to taking political sides. Through literature review, it has been observed that the minorities tend to vote democratically while the rich tend to vote for the republicans. I can, therefore, say that an identity politics is any political activity or movements based on the educational, ethnic, racial, gender, social interests, and religious that characterizes a group identity. According to my stand, I can, therefore, say that most the public political identity is identified by the race that one’s come from, for example, I expect the majority of the Chinese American to vote as block- voting for a specific party.
Yang, Gene Luen, and Lark Pien . American born Chinese . New York: First Second, 2006. Print