Schooling the Next Generation of Fathers

(Originally published September 9, 2013, IAmKoreAm)

“Graduates” of an English-language Father School session this past May celebrate with their wives and children.
Many second-generation Korean American dads vow they won’t be like their own stoic immigrant fathers. Yet once they have families of their own, they realize that’s easier said than done. The English-language father school tries to heal those wounds and engage men on their evolving role in the family.

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The Korean Dads’ 12-Step Program

(Originally published May 8, 2011, New York Times)

A soft-spoken electrical engineer named Edmond Rhim sat in a packed gymnasium with his wife, Hanna, gripping her tiny hand in his. It was the last of four five-hour-long sessions of Father School, and by the end of the night, 70 men — all of them Korean, and almost all of them Christian — would be declared more emotionally adjusted dads. They would even get a certificate, a group photo and a polo shirt to prove it.

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