The Korean Americans / Edition 1

The Korean Americans / Edition 1

by Won Hurh
     
 

Korean Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States. Although they share many similar cultural characteristics with other Asian Americans, the Korean Americans are unique in terms of their strong ethnic attachment, extensive participation in Christian churches, heavy involvement in self-employed small businesses, wide geographic

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Korean Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States. Although they share many similar cultural characteristics with other Asian Americans, the Korean Americans are unique in terms of their strong ethnic attachment, extensive participation in Christian churches, heavy involvement in self-employed small businesses, wide geographic dispersion in settlement, and the emergence of the 1.5 generation phenomenon. This book answers the following questions for the student or interested reader:

• Who are the Korean people?

• Why did they come to the United States?

• How did they adapt to their new country?

• How are they received by the majority of Americans?

• What are their accomplishments, problems, and contributions to American society?

Other special features include:

• An extensive coverage on the ethnic background (history, language, religion, customs, and other cultural heritage) of Korean Americans.

• Current statistical data on Korean immigration to the United States.

• A comprehensive analysis of socioeconomic characteristics of Korean Americans as compared with those of other minority groups.

• A succinct analysis of the unique characteristics of Korean Americans.

• Effective use of personal narratives.

In 1970 there were about 70,000 Korean Americans—the number grew tenfold to about 790,000 in 1990. The Korean American population is now estimated at well over a million, and demographic projections indicate that the number will reach about three million by the year 2030. Korean Americans are thus among the new groups of Americans to become another integral part of the American history of cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity. Examined are the most significant areas of Korean American's adaptation—economic adjustment, sociocultural adaptation, family life, ethnic associations, intergroup relations, and psychological adjustment. In each area of adaptation, positive attainment as well as the problems of adjustment are analyzed in light of current theories and empirical research. The book concludes with a discussion of the unique characteristics of Korean Americans and their impact on society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313297410
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1998
Series:
New Americans Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Illustrationsxi
Series Forewordxiii
Prefacexv
Part IBackground1
1.Korean Ethnic Roots: The Land, History, People, and Culture3
Land3
History4
People11
Culture12
Part IIComing to America29
2.Korean Immigration to the United States: A Historical Overview31
General Background of Korean Immigration31
Causes and Characteristics of Korean Immigration36
Part IIIAdjustment and Adaptation49
3.Economic Adjustment51
Demographic Characteristics51
Socioeconomic Characteristics53
4.Cultural and Social Adaptation69
Cultural Assimilation70
Social Adaptation73
Strong Ethnic Attachment and Selective Assimilation79
The Next Generation of Korean Immigrants80
5.Family Life83
The Korean American Family-Kinship System83
The Structure of the Korean American Family85
Korean Immigrant Wives' Burden of Double Roles88
Socialization of Korean American Children93
Care of the Elderly101
6.Korean Ethnic Associations105
The Korean Ethnic Church107
Korean Buddhist Temples in America114
Other Ethnic Associations115
7.Intergroup Relations121
Relations with White (European) Americans123
Relations with African Americans131
Relations with Other Asian Americans137
8.Psychological Adjustment141
Gender Differences in Mental Health142
Length of Residence and Mental Health142
Profiles of Korean Immigrants' Mental Health146
Part IVConclusion159
9.Unique Characteristics of Korean Americans and Their Impact on American Society161
Korean Ethnic Church162
Self-Employment in Small Business162
Urban Middle-Class Background and Its Implications163
The 1.5 Generation Phenomenon164
Korean Americans' Impact on American Society165
AppendixNotable Korean Americans169
References173
Further Reading185
Index187

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