Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fall 2007 Presentation Schedule

UPDATES FORTHCOMING (AFTER FINALS!) EMAIL mnguyen@ssc.wisc.edu regarding questions about the Spring Schedule of presenters.

Fall 2007 Reading Group + Presentation Schedule

Thanks! A great big thanks to Hae-Yeon for hosting all the dinner meetings of the migration group this past fall!

Previous Meetings this Fall 2007
* Mon, first week of September 2007, Fair Trade Coffeehouse - planning meeting * Tues, September 25 @ 7:00 pm, Location: Hae-Yeon Choo hosted at her home, Feline presentation * Wed, Oct 10 @ 12 noon, Location: Social Sciences, Havens Center Room 8108, 8th Floor Reading: scanned article on qualitative research methods on Migrant Families, provided by Lynet Uttal
* Tues, October 23 @ 7:00 pm, Location: Home of Hae-Yeon. Food provided by Mytoan. Presenter: Dr. Lynet Uttal, Human Development and Family Studies
Title: TBA
* Wed, November 14@ 11:30 am, Location: Social Sciences, Havens Center Room 8108, 8th Floor, Presenter: Hui-Jung Kim, Dept of Sociology, Topic: TBA
* Tues, November 27@ 7:00 pm, Hae Yeon's home; "International Fieldwork Considerations." A panel of graduate students including Susan Rottman, Anthropology, Hae Yeon Choo, Sociology, and John Zinda, Sociology.

Learn about the ins and outs of doing predissertation and MA fieldwork. Our panel can address their issues collecting data in Germany, Turkey, South Korea, and China. Audience participation and input will be wonderful, too!

To suggest and send recommended readings, please email Jennifer Holland, jaholland@wisc.edu. Files sent electronically along with the citation will help us compile the reading list.
* To volunteer to present your in-progress research on migration, email Luisa Feline Freier, freier@wisc.edu.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tues 10/23 @ 7:00 pm meeting

The fourth meeting of this semester will be at Hae Yeon's home. The abstract is below:

When: Tues October 23, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Location: RSVP to mnguyen[at]ssc[dot]wisc[dot]edu for a food head count

Latino Immigrant Parents’ Responses to U.S. Childrearing Values and Practices
Lynet Uttal, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Latino immigrant children are being raised by parents who themselves were raised in different cultural contexts. One of the greatest stresses for new immigrant parents is to learn how to integrate the parenting values and practices of the U.S. with their own cultural backgrounds. One of the most significant differences between U.S. childrearing advice and the parenting knowledges of parents from Spanish speaking countries is the child-centric versus the family-centric approach to socialization. At school, children of immigrant parents are taught to be individualistic and competitive. At home, children are expected to be communalistic and look out for the whole family, not just themselves. Different notions of adult-child communication styles also prevail. These differences result in cultural conflicts for the immigrant parents as well as the children of immigrants. Latino immigrant parents are critical of the ethnocentric expert principles of child development that are pervasive throughout childcare settings and parent education programs in the United States today. Latino parents are baffled by recommendations that appear to fail to guide the child appropriately and suggest inattentive parenting practices. This paper will present the parental views of this dynamic, including how parents develop novel ways to parent biculturally. This analysis in this paper is based on data from 3 years of community pláticas (facilitated dialogical workshops) for Latino immigrant parents on parenting topics. Participant observation and writing exercises collected during the pláticas were used to collect data on parents’ perspectives of child development principles taught in the United States.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

More Migration Research Resources

Available at:

Available at:

Available at:
The web site is designed to provide researchers, instructors and interested citizens with
substantive content pertaining to immigration issues, including resources for studying
and researching immigration, teaching courses with immigration content and providing
easy access to news stories on immigration in the US and abroad. This website includes:
statistical information, archives, journals that publish on immigration, think tanks, and
course syllabi. Comments welcomed! — Irene Bloemraad

European University Institute
The website offers descriptions and links for national and international institutions working
with immigration, a list of journals on immigration, a selection of syllabi kindly contributed
by various professors from different fields as well as a directory of scholars from
both Europe and North America who currently work with immigration.
Available at: http://www.iue.it/RSCAS/Research/MIGRES/

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ecuadorian domestic workers in Spain | Oct 15 @ 11:45 am

Gioconda Herrera, the Director of Gender Studies at FLACSO-Ecuador will be speaking Friday, October 12th at 3 PM in 336 Ingraham Hall. Her topic is: "A Discussion of Gender Equity Training & Curriculum at FLACSO-Ecuador"

Gioconda's research presentation, "Stories of inclusion and exclusion: Ecuadorian domestic workers in Spain." will be at 11:45 Monday the 15th in Sewell Social Sciences 8101.

Gioconda Herrera recevied her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. Her current post is Professor and Director of Gender Studies Program, FLACSO-Ecuador. Recent publications include:

2007 "Mujeres ecuatorianas en el trabajo doméstico en España. Practicas y representaciones de exclusión e inclusión. En Victor Bretón, Francisco García, Antoni Jové y José Vilalta (ed.) Ciudadanía y Exclusión. Ecuador y España frente a un espejo. Madrid: Editorial Catarata.

2006 La persistencia de la desigualdad. Género, trabajo y pobreza en América Latina. (ed.) FLACSO,CONAMU, Secretaría Técnica del Frente Social.