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Language plays a very important role in many immigrant families Immigrant children learn English very fast while parents still use the language they usually speak Children pick up new things very fast Children at younger ages are easier to adapt using English as their primary language and the American custom because School is the launching pad that sends them into a different world day after day distancing them from their roots Arax 3 This causes a big generation and culture gaps as people like Xuong Lam who is the head of a close-knit family of Chinese refugees from Vietnam and settled in the United Stated six years ago at older ages cannot change their cultural values Lam says When you are old like me or my wife and mother America cannot change you How many years do we have left to learn about America But the younger ones they will change Arax 6 These different speeds of assimilation sometimes creates generation gap can be easily solved if families communicate well However communication itself has already been a problem Language is usually the barrier of allowing a thorough communication in immigrant families Lack of communication between family members is a serious problem In some immigrant families some older parents do not intend to learn much English for example Xuong Lam and immigrant father who arrived here at aged 50 has learned just enough English to deal with his childrens teachers and school administrators Arax 2 Typically those immigrants who come to the United States at an older age do not view learning English as a high priority or more important than other things Janice Choe who acted as a young interpreter for her parents when she came to the Untied States at the age of 12 says that there is a big gap between the first generation and the mainstream and even a bigger gap between the first and second generations she also explains that the
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