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ERIC Number: ED439376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 8
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Variables Related to Career Success: Korean-American Women of Distinction Tell Their Stories.
Rhee, Susan Byungsook
The goal of this research was to uncover the reasons for the unusual success of a small group of Korean-Americans in the American work arena. All had spent their childhood and formative years in Korea under the sole influence of Korean culture, attending the best high schools and colleges. Korean culture tends not to nurture some of the significant personal qualities which make for success in the American context. Furthermore, the American workplace itself holds for Korean females serious obstacles to success, particularly because of racial and gender discrimination. The study was designed to answer specific questions: (1) Are distinguished Korean-American women similar to American women and men who have distinguished themselves? (2) To what factors do they attribute their success? and (3) What career barriers did they encounter and how did they overcome them? The reasons given by the subjects on how they overcame barriers were hard work, being knowledgeable, and directing their energy towards achieving their goals rather than focusing on discrimination. They refused to submit themselves to debilitating negative emotions and attitudes. Having a positive attitude played a critical role in overcoming the barriers they faced. Some important implications reported in this paper are that the development and enhancement of masculine traits are important to the occupational success of women. Parental support and encouragement are important factors in the success of their daughters. It concludes that Korean-American women and women in general should anticipate certain barriers they will encounter, and need to prepare strategies to deal with them. This investigation attempted to promote a general understanding of the factors associated with women's career success. (Contains 14 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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