Younger-Generation Korean Experiences in the United States

Younger-Generation Korean Experiences in the United States : Personal Narratives on Ethnic and Racial Identities

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Younger-Generation Korean Experiences in the United States: Personal Narratives on Ethnic and Racial Identities compares the formation of ethnic and racial identities in two generational cohorts of a contemporary immigrant group. Through personal essays, the book reveals how external factors helped younger-generation Korean Americans who grew up in the 1980s and early 1990s retain more of their cultural heritage than had preceding generations.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 24mm | 479.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 tables
  • 0739191411
  • 9780739191415

Review quote

By presenting the voices of Korean Americans-in fascinating and often moving personal narratives that explore identities, networks, and links to South Korea-this book enriches our understanding of the second-generation experience. -- Nancy Foner, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY Comparing the experiences of Korean American youth in two different time periods, this unique and insightful book examines the ways in which internal and external factors have contributed to different ethnic and racial identity formations. Drawing on personal narratives, the book is immanently engaging, and thus will appeal to a broad audience of scholars and students, as well as the public at large. -- Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Professor of Sociology, CUNY This is a wonderfully informative study of the complex phenomenon of ethnic identity among Korean Americans. The detailed qualitative analysis reveals the significance of historical context, social ties, and experiences with racial prejudice. This book should be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand the formation of Asian American ethnic identities. -- Arthur Sakamoto, Texas A&M Universityshow more

About Pyong Gap Min

Pyong Gap Min is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He also serves as director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. Thomas Chung is a writer and editor for the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College. He is also a PhD student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New Yorkshow more

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction - Pyong Gap Min and Thomas Chung Part 2: The Earlier Cohort-1 Authenticity Dilemma among Pre-1965 Native-Born Koreans - Linda Park Part 3: The Earlier Cohort-2 My Trek - Rose Kim A Handicapped Korean in America - Alex Jeong Reflections on a Korean-American Journey - Ruth Chung Part 4: The Later Cohort, Group1 Growing Up Korean American: Navigating a Complex Search for Belonging - Brenda Chung How to Be a Korean - Sun Park Too American to Be Korean, Too Korean to Be American: A Second-Generation Outsider's Account - Thomas Chung The Way I See It - Bora Lee Part 5: The Later Cohort, Group 2 Miyeok Guk for the Korean Soul - Helene K. Lee Anyone Ever Tell You that You Look Like...? - Dave Hahn Family Matters: Emerging Adulthood and the Evolution of My Ethno-Racial Identity - Sung S. Park Part 6: The Later Cohort, Group 3 The Outlier - Katherine Yungmee Kim ? (Halmuhnee Ahn-Nyung?) - Alexandra Noh What it Means to Be Korean - Hyein Lee Part 7: Comments Chapter - Pyong Gap Min and Thomas Chungshow more