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ERIC Number: ED522597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 273
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-6159-8
Exploring the Migrant Experiences of Myanmarese Male Social Activists in South Korea: A Cultural-Historical Activity Theory Analysis
Park, Hyungmin
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
Migrant workers are considered as social beings who are socially and culturally alienated from the dominant society of a receiving country. Furthermore, they are the least likely to have learning opportunities in our society and thus their learning along with their migrant experiences may not be well illuminated in the academy of adult education. The purpose of this study was to investigate how six Myanmarese male migrant workers describe their lived experiences and their learning as members of their ethnic community, the Myanmar Association in Korea (MA). I used phenomenology as a research method to uncover and describe the essential aspects of migrant workers' lived experiences. In order to systematically analyze how and what the participants had learned through participating in the activities of the MA, I employed Cultural and Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) as a useful theoretical framework for revealing informal learning. I collected data primarily through in-depth semi-structured interviews, field observations, and documents during my five months' internship as a labor counselor in the Bucheon Migrant Worker's House which as a Korean NGO, had been working for supporting migrant workers in Korea. Six Myanmarese male migrant workers actively participated in three activities of the MA: Culture Sharing and Exchange, Labor Counseling, and Political Awareness Building. I found five essential features of the participants' lived experiences as members of their ethnic community: actively taking responsibility and self-sacrifice, living with a strong sense of political vocation, getting confidence to survive in Korean Society, live while embracing various differences, escaping from daily routine and connected to a new world and dream. Through this study, I also got the strong sense that through participating in the MA, six Myanmarese male migrant workers had become social and political activists beyond the typical boundary of ordinary migrant workers in Korea who were depicted as passive and oppressed beings in many recent studies. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea