Thanks to Hau, for posting this article: the Korean Dads’ 12-Step Program. Thanks to Linda and King for commenting on it. Thanks to KM for an article by Koream on the same topic a couple years back: Schooling Fathers. Both articles discuss Father School, a cultural import from South Korea that teaches Korean men to be better fathers. Based on Biblical evangelism and self-help principles, Father School has been exploding in recent years, as more Korean men are trying to learn to become better fathers who are more emotionally connected to their wives and children.
I don’t know much about the program itself other than what was written in the articles, but my first impression is that this could be a great program. Korean fathers–and probably Asian fathers–may have some issues with parenting, and this program could build both knowledge and community. The articles probably perpetuate stereotypes of Asian fathers, but these stereotypes may be true in many cases. And if the stereotypes are true, we should be working to fix the culture so that they’re no longer true. Outside of churches, Asian America doesn’t have many institutions that focus on building a strong culture, and this Father School could be a step in the right direction.