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The Bicultural Experience

Growing up bicultural can be challenging. Our parents/grandparents often teach us traditional beliefs of how we should be as people. However, when we interact with society, we are often exposed to a completely different culture.

If you have struggled with integrating the bicultural experience, you are not alone. Intergenerational family conflict refers to different acculturation experiences (adjustment to U.S. culture) between generations (e.g., you and your parents); contributing to different values/beliefs and thus conflict. 

In many immigrant families, there are many expectations for their children (e.g., gender role, body image, school, career, marriage), which can be stressful. Parental pressures can lead to feelings of isolation, not belonging, and overall not feeling good enough.

Despite the mental health struggles people of color can face, the mental health stigma present in many immigrant families can make it hard for to voice struggles and to seek help. 

Dr. Elena Duong and Dr. Susanna La identify as women of color and psychologists motivated to support fellow people of color through your identity-related struggles. 

If you want help processing your bicultural experience, please reach out to us! 

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