Generational Gaps/Stereotypes

In this video, an assumed first generation Asian American boy talks about the stereotypes he has noticed about Asians in the US. This video relates to the Lisa Lowe piece because in her reading, she says it is important to be united as Asian-Americans in order to fight towards equality but at the same time unity can also lead to generalizations such as stereotypes and racism. Another aspect of her piece is about the parent-child conflict because of a difference in childhood environments. As shown in the video, the boy has conflicting views and a different mindset from his mother about culture. Although he practices the customs of his Asian-American mother, he also has incorporated “American” customs which may not go along with what his mother is used to. But I think he does not lose his mother’s “Asian identity” but rather integrates it with the practices he has learned from growing up in America.

This research paper is about the intense effects of war and displacement on children from Croatia. As we can see, adults are not the only ones who are affected emotionally and I believe children are more vulnerable to adverse effects of war displacement because they are usually more sensitive and naïve. For this reason it is important to give more attention to the children who experience any sort of war displacement because the post-traumatic stress can have a lasting, permanent effect. Children too can feel isolated and distant from the children in the new country, not just adults.