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ERIC Number: ED118667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 14
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Korean Family Organization in the United States: Role and Value Conflicts in a Foreign Culture.
Lee, Don Chang
The purpose of this study is to investigate how Korean families with traditional family back grounds adjust to a foreign culture and maintain the family structure in a cultural system where roles, values, and living conditions are quite different from those in Korean setting. Two major relationships are analyzed: that between wife and husband, and that between parents and children. The data for this analysis were gathered through interviewing 40 Korean families living in the Atlanta area. A separate interview with wife and husband was carried out, and the families were chosen according to occupational categories. Findings indicate that shifting of the family structure from an independent type to a joint type system seems to create role conflicts between the Korean wife and Korean husband. In the joint type, wife and husband are involved together in socio-economic activities. Furthermore, living in two cultural worlds creates a state of anomie where wife and husband do not have clear-cut expectations of each other. Communication problems in English, inability to drive by wives, differences in socio-ecological systems, degrees of acculturation by both wife and husband, stress caused by living in a foreign culture, and limited social interaction seemed to be sources of conflict for Korean families in the U.S. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia (Atlanta)