Picture a mom, dad, two children and a dog and you’ll get a portrait of a nuclear family as we know it (photo by Jason D’Great).
But this “model family” could be disappearing as many families, especially Asian Americans, have evolved into multi-generational households across America.
Multi-generational blogger Vanessa Hu explains in her story for NBC why Asian Americans are more likely to live in a multi-generational household. Her story explores the dynamics of the grandparents and the adult children living together in the two families she features.
Jenee Odani of Oahu, Hawaii already knew she would care for her parents as they got older and asked them to move in with her in 2011.
Likewise Susan Ito of Oakland, California moved her mother from New Jersey to care for her after Susan’s father died.
To accommodate multi-generational families, developers are building “NextGen” homes–something that is expected to be more common in the future. Additions that accommodate the needs of seniors including first floor showers are common in these NextGen homes.
Read more about the growing demand of multi-generational homes and the family dynamics of these multi-generational households in Hua’s story.
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