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Asian American Families

There are generally three subgroups of Asian American families: (1) families from Southeast Asian countries (Philippines, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Laos), (2) families from South Asian countries (India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh), and (3) families from East Asian countries (China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia). Though there may be similarities within each of these subgroups due to shared histories and cultural values, many factors shape the unique dynamics of each Asian American family. Since Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, it is of great importance to have awareness about these families so that marriage, family, and couples counselors can best serve them. This entry will discuss information and research significant to understanding the Asian American family: diversity ...

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