ERIC Number: ED245013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Korean Americans in the United States: Problems and Alternatives.
Kim, Eugene C.
Problems faced by Koreans in the United States are identified and analyzed in this paper, and some pragmatic remedies are offered. First, the acculturation process is slow--the mean of the Koreans' sojourn in the United States is only 6.5 years, whereas complete acculturation takes several generations. Second, although most Korean emigres learned some English before leaving Korea, it is inadequate for everyday survival needs. Third, 36 percent of Korean immigrants had attained college degrees or other higher education degrees before coming here, but professional accreditations are often invalidated in the United States, and the language deficiency and lack of up-to-date technical skills often result in downward occupational mobility. Fourth, Korean values of patriarchy, perpetuation of family honor, and filial piety conflict with American values, and a generation gap develops. Fifth, parents want children to maintain the Korean language, but the children see no use for it in their everyday lives outside the home; scheduling and transportation problems interfere with attendance of Korean language schools. Finally, although bilingual education for Korean heritage maintenance might be seen as moderately successful, its value as a mainstreaming tool is less certain. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Conference of Ethnic and Minority Studies (Kansas City, MO, February 29 - March 3, 1984).