[KS] Inquiry from a New York Times columnist
shultz at hawaii.edu
Fri Jul 22 14:59:48 EDT 2016
Thanks Ron. I really can't say where this started but undoubtably rooted in
Koreans sense of filial piety. We have Korean friends often ask us how much
our children give to us and we just laugh saying it is the other way
On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Lieber, Ron <lieber at nytimes.com> wrote:
> Hello -
> My name is Ron Lieber, and I write the Your Money column for the New York
> Times -- all about anything and everything that hits you in the wallet. I
> write often about families and money -- how not just dollars but also
> wisdom and values are taught and passed between generations.
> On that note, over the years Korean-American friends of mine have told me
> about a tradition where new college graduates (or teenagers or college
> students or even some older adults getting their first paychecks at a new,
> prestigious workplace) buy a gift for their parents after they start their
> first full-time jobs. I've heard about everything from handing the entire
> paycheck over in cash to buying red thermal underwear for both parents or
> lingerie for their mothers.
> I'm trying to trace the origins of this tradition and write about how
> different Korean and Korean-American families interpret it today. I think
> it's something that all young adults might want to mimic in some way,
> whatever their family background.
> If you can help, I'd be grateful for an email reply -- even if it's to
> share a story about a gift you've given or received.
> Thanks so much...
> Ron Lieber
> The New York Times
> Your Money columnist
> "The Opposite of Spoiled" is my book about how -- and why -- to talk to
> kids about money. For more information, visit http://oppositeofspoiled.com
> Twitter: @ronlieber <https://twitter.com/ronlieber>
Edward J. Shultz
University of Hawaii at Manoa
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