Tradition and change across generations of Japanese American women Public Deposited

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  • This was a generational study on Japanese American women that evaluated Hill's propositions regarding discontinuity in values and acceleration of achievement in occupational level across generations. The domains examined were 1) elder care, 2) family structure, and 3) employment & occupation. It was hypothesized that there will be differences between the second and third generations, that there will be a trend towards greater discontinuity in traditional Japanese values and rules across Japanese American generations in elder care, family structure, and employment. Further, it was hypothesized that there will be an advancement in occupational level across these generations. A survey instrument incorporating both close and open-ended questions was used to explore these research statements and hypotheses. Participants for this study included 168 Japanese American women in Northwestern region, mainly Oregon (89 second generation and 79 third generation). Quantitative methodologies were employed to analyze the data obtained from self-administered questionnaires. Results revealed a mixed support to Hill's intergenerational propositions. For example, second generation women lean towards non-traditional attitudes with regard to elder care but were more traditional with regard to women's employment, particularly for mothers of small children. This could reflect a complicated process in which second generation women draw on the traditional value of sacrificial motherhood and extend it throughout the lifecourse by adjusting it through their own caregiving experiences to their elderly parents: an example of how an unique synthesis emerges out of the conflicting old and new ideas. Such finding gives an important indication that generational change is not of linear characteristics as Hill suggests but of non-linear one.
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