A qualitative study of intergenerational cultural conflicts among second-generation Chinese Americans and Taiwanese Americans.

Intergenerational cultural conflicts (ICC) refer to disagreements that occur as a result of acculturation gaps between parents and children, often leading to a clash in values and beliefs. Research exploring ICC often does not provide a nuanced exploration of how conflicts manifest, are experienced, and understood over time. ICC are especially important for Asian Americans because family-related stress has been linked to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and somatic problems among both parents and children. Together, Chinese Americans and Taiwanese Americans represent the largest ethnic group of Asian Americans. Using the consensual qualitative research methodology (Hill, 2011), this qualitative study explores how 13 second-generation Chinese Americans and Taiwanese Americans between the ages of 25 and 32 years experience ICC, how these conflicts have changed over time, and how they have made meaning of these conflicts. The 3 domains (or themes) that emerged were as follows: (a) relationship with parents and system(s), (b) specific areas of conflict, and (c) meaning-making of conflicts. All 3 domains are influenced by cultural differences between the parent and the child and highlight the dynamic nature of relationships and conflicts. Although some adolescent experiences with ICC remained the same in adulthood, there were also reported shifts in how they navigated and coped with conflicts over time. Participants’ shift in experiences and meaning-making occurred and were often attributed to their ability to engage in perspective-taking, highlighting the shifts in social—cognitive development that are characteristic of emerging adulthood. Limitations and implications for practice and research are offered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)