Caught in the Middle: Experiences of 1.5 Generation Asian New Zealanders With Their Parents’ Expectations in the Context of Romantic Relationships
Roque, Savannah Autumn Rain
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Previous research has recognised that young adults of Asian immigrant families experience significant phenomena regarding their parents’ influence on their romantic relationships, particularly when residing in predominantly non-Asian countries. This study offers a qualitative analysis of 1.5 generation Asian New Zealanders’ experiences regarding their parents’ attitudes towards their dating activity. There were sixty-nine survey respondents and eight interview participants, aged between 18 and 34 years old. Using thematic analysis to identify significant themes, it is revealed that conflicting cultural values between respondents’ home Asian culture and the prevailing New Zealand culture played a key role in shaping parents’ attitudes towards respondents’ dating activity, as well as respondents’ reactions to their parents’ attitudes.