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CMU professor earns national award for paper on children with disabilities

One Central Michigan University professor’s research on mothering a child with disabilities has earned her a national award.

Hyun-Kung You, assistant professor of human environmental studies, received the Jessie Bernard Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relations.

The award is a national award given in recognition of scholarly work in feminist research. It is in memory of Jessie Bernard, former NCFR board member. Bernard was a respected scholar who researched in the field of feminist family studies. You received the award for her research paper, “The intersection of motherhood and disability: Being a ‘good’ Korean mother to an ‘imperfect’ child.”

“This research paper focused on how the sociocultural systems shape symbolic and material practices of being a good mother to a child with autism spectrum disorders in South Korean sociocultural contexts,” You said.

You has been interested in families with young children with disabilities for the past 10 years.

“Over the years, I narrowed down my research to mothers, as care work is highly gendered in its nature in most societies,” You said.

You said she was honored to receive recognition and hopes to continue her research on families with children with disabilities.

“I hope to continue unveiling the stories of those oppressed,” You said. “Since this paper is a part of the larger cross-cultural studies, I would like to compare and contrast mothering a child with autism in South Korea and in the United States.”

In the past, she has researched immigrant families and transnational families.

According to NCFR’s website, You “will receive a gift of complimentary books, a $250 cash award, up to $350 in travel allowance, a complimentary NCFR Annual Conference registration and a plaque.”

Also, a summary of You’s research results will be published in the Feminism and Family Studies Section Newsletter.

In order to be eligible for this award, the recipient must be a graduate student or new professional who has published or is about to publish a paper that uses feminist frameworks and methods in research.

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