ERIC Number: ED215956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Case Study: How Twenty-One Koreans Perceive America. World Education Monograph Series, Number Four.
Hahn, Byungchai Cora
Twenty-one Koreans were interviewed concerning their perceptions of America. In the spring of 1977, 9 men and 12 women between the ages of 20 and 50 from the greater Hartford and Storrs area in Connecticut participated in this case study. The males interviewed included five graduate students, three undergraduates, and one government scientist. Three of the women had professional status, four were housewives with a Korean college education, one was the owner of a private buiness, and four of the women had very little formal education. The main questions were: How do you perceive your life in America? How are you doing with your job? and How do you perceive human and family relationships, marriage, sex role issues, education, and government in America? Results include the following. Almost all described America as the country where they can remain individuals without any mental pressure from the outside and without having to conform to expected norms and behaviors. All said Americans are kind and friendly toward strangers. Most expressed the feeling that parent-child relationships in America seemed distant, cold, and self-centered. About half said they disapprove of the way in which marriages break up in America. All were pleased with the educational system and voiced positive attitudes toward the American government. Most had difficulty accepting the concept of equality of the sexes and the mingling of sex roles. (RM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes, Case Studies, Cultural Differences, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interviews, Korean Americans, Korean Culture, Opinions, Political Attitudes, Sex Role, Social Attitudes, Social Science Research, Work Attitudes
The I.N. Thut World Education Center, Box U-32, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06268 ($1.50, plus $0.30 postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Thut (I.N.) World Education Center.