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Korean Americans And American Society
Discusses the value system of Korean Americans.
# 24156 | 1,350 words | 8 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 13, 2003 in Ethnic Studies (Asia)

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Discusses the value system of Korean Americans. Describes the Korean American community as an extension of its tight family structure. Characterizes Korean Americans as hard working with the goal of achieving economic prosperity, thereby upholding the American economic & social system. Refers to the writings of several Korean immigrants dealing with racist attacks; problems from lack of English proficiency. Assimilation. Legacy of L.A> Riots of 1992.

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"The Korean American community is bound by values that are derived from the Confucian ethos. From their perspective, education, hard work and family unity are the pillars of the Korean American community (Abelmann and Lie 163). Based on their Confucian values, Korean Americans tend to place tremendous pressure on their children to succeed academically in school. Living as an extended family, family members are available to help one another in times of strife. They also look up to religious leaders for guidance (Dean 319).
Furthermore, the Korean American community believes in hard work and commitment. For example, the grocer owners featured in these writings all work long hours every day of the week in order to maintain their business. Through their long and arduous hours, the Korean Americans hope to achieve economic prosperity..."

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