ERIC Number: ED167641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Study of Korean Immigrants in the United States: A Typological Approach.
Hurh, Won Moo
The main purpose of this paper is to analyze the life choices and life styles of Korean immigrants in comparison to other ethnic minorities, particularly other Asians, in the United States. Factors contributing to differential degrees of cultural assimilation among the Asian immigrants are analyzed along three dimensions: (1) objective; (2) subjective; and (3) interactional. The objective dimensions include demographic, ecological, economic, educational, kinship organization, and temporal variables. The subjective dimension refers to motivation for immigration, perception of life chances in the United States, degree of ethnic identity, and other personality characteristics. The interactional dimension encompasses such things as the historical contact between the "home" and "host" societies, the "host" society's stereotypes about the "home" society, the relationship between different minority groups, and the situational contingencies of the host society as a whole. Other factors taken into account include sex ratios, intermarriage, self-concept, discrimination, racial factors, and ethnic group interaction. The analyses indicate that, compared to other Asian immigrants, the recent Korean immigrants experience faster assimilation due to their small numbers, higher educational backgrounds, facility with English, their geographical dispersion, stable marriages, and high achievement orientation. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Asian Americans, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Educational Background, Ethnic Distribution, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnicity, Immigrants, Korean Americans, Racial Factors, Self Concept, Social Bias, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: R and E Research Associates, Inc., San Francisco, CA.