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Tomás Jiménez quoted in BBC article

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Oct 29 2021

Is Nora from Queens a 'loser'?: Children of Chinese immigrants on high parental expectations

Why do some immigrant parents have such high expectations?

Tomas R. Jimenez, a professor of sociology at Stanford, explains: “Sam’s experience is an extreme example of the dual frame of reference that immigrant parents have, which gives them a comparison between their home country and their adopted country.

"Immigrant parents often have high expectations for their children. Parents have made enormous sacrifices to move long distances and to start anew in a place that may regard them as social, political, and economic outsiders.

"Parents often expect their children to make good on those sacrifices, which in the minds of the parents, often means taking up a narrow set of professions that parents see as acceptable for success."

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