Uses interviews with a typical Korean-American family to understand how they define their identity.
# 29501 | 1,812 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jul 31, 2003 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Anthropology (North American) , Asian Studies (Asian American) , Ethnic Studies (North American)
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With their dramatic increase in population and the racial unrest that resulted in the destruction of Korean businesses during the Los Angeles civil unrest, Korean Americans have emerged as one of the visible ethnic groups in the country. This paper uses a series of interviews with a typical Korean-American family to evaluate its perceptions of their ethnicity. It compares and contrasts how Father Park and Mother Park's definitions differ from the experiences of their daughter Sunny. It gives particular focus on how the members of the two generations accord a different importance to learning the Korean language. In the conclusion, the paper evaluates how the Park family uses language to shore up their definitions of ethnicity. By looking at the role language plays in the Park's definitions of being "Korean" or being "American," this paper contributes to the larger literature on the different methods people employ to construct their ethnic identities.
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