The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City / Edition 1

The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City / Edition 1

by Kyeyoung Park
ISBN-10:
0801483913
ISBN-13:
9780801483912
Pub. Date:
07/28/1997
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
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The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City / Edition 1

Korean immigrants to the United States establish their own small businesses at a rate exceeding that of immigrants from any other nation, with more than one third of all Korean immigrant adults involved in small businesses. Kyeyoung Park examines this phenomenon in Queens, New York, tracing its historical bases and exploring the transformation of Korean cultural identity prompted by participation in an enterprise. Park documents the ways in which Korean immigrants use entrepreneurship to improve the quality of their lives, focusing on their concerns and anxieties, as well as their joys.The concept of "anjong" is crucial to the lives of first-generation Korean Americans in Queens, Park explains. The word may be translated as "establishment," "stability," or "security," and it identifies a particular concept of success through which Koreans make sense of the American ideology of opportunity. What they seek is not great wealth or social position but rather the creation of their own small businesses as a way of realizing the American dream. The pursuit of "anjong" is important enough to justify changes in gender and kinship relations, resulting in the rise of a Korean American women-centered and sister-initiated kinship structure. Commitment to the concept has also inspired a different understanding of class, ethnicity, and race, and stimulated new religious ideas and practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801483912
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 07/28/1997
Series: Anthropology of Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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