Children as Language and Cultural Brokers in Asian American Families (page 3)

By and — Diversity in Education Special Edition Contributor
Updated on Oct 25, 2010

How Schools and Parents Can Help Child Language Brokers 

As the influx of Asian immigrants continues, many more children of Asian immigrants will become their families' designated language brokers. As language brokers, these children will be put in positions and situations where they may have to perform tasks and take on responsibilities that are beyond their cognitive and language abilities. In addition, these children may not have the skills, knowledge, or sense of maturity to carry out their responsibilities. The language broker's identification with his heritage culture, family values, and relationships with parents can be important determining factors in how the language broker is positively or negatively affected by the brokering experience. School psychologists, educators, and practitioners who work directly with children of Asian immigrants, as well as the parents of these children, can focus on helping these children to retain their heritage cultural values and traditions as well as promote positive parent-child relationships and strong sense of familial obligation.


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