Study of Asian American Families

The Study of Asian American Families (SAAF) aims to investigate the acculturation and childrearing experiences of Asian American families and advocate for social services to meet their needs.

The SAAF used a convenience quota sampling method to recruit approximately 1,000 participants through social service agencies, churches, public libraries, and community centers in areas where Asian Americans concentrate in New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii between 2011 and 2016. The sample includes Asian American parents who had one or more children under age 18 living in the same household. A rich array of data have been collected on parents’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics as well as immigration and acculturation experiences, cultural values, childrearing beliefs, child discipline practices, parenting stress, and social support.

Center members working on this project: Qin Gao, Jing Guo, Yookyong Lee, Sunny Mathew, Yixuan WangFuhua Zhai and Yunqi Zhang.


Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy