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Min scrutinizes the targeting of Korean businesses during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the 1990 African American boycotts of Korean stores in Brooklyn. He explores Korean merchants' relationships with each other as well as with Latin American employees, Jewish suppliers and landlords, and government agencies. In each case, his nuanced analysis reveals how Korean communities respond to general scapegoating through collective action, political mobilization, and other strategies.
Fluent in Korean, Min draws from previously unutilized sources, including Korean American newspapers and in-depth interviews with immigrants. His findings belie the media's sensationalistic coverage of African American-Korean conflicts. Instead, Caught in the Middle yields a sophisticated and clear-sighted understanding of the lives and challenges of immigrant merchants in America.
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|2||Host Hostility and Middlemen's Reactions||15|
|3||Korean Communities: New York and Los Angeles||27|
|4||Korean Immigrants' Economic Segregation||46|
|5||Hostility toward Korean Merchants in Black Neighborhoods||73|
|6||Sources of Hostility toward Korean Merchants||96|
|7||Koreans' Efforts to Improve Relations with African Americans||126|
|8||Korean-African American Conflicts: Positive Effects||146|
|9||Koreans Merchants' Collective Responses to Suppliers, Landlords, and Government Agencies||169|
|10||Collective Actions and Power in the Korean Community||193|
|11||Korean Businesses: Negative Effects||210|