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Koreans in North America

Their Experiences in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Pyong Gap Min

This is the only anthology that covers several different topics related to Koreans’ experiences in the U.S. and Canada. The topics covered are Koreans’ immigration and settlement patterns, changes in Korean immigrants’ business patterns, Korean immigrant churches’ social functions, differences between Korean immigrant intact families and geese families, transnational ties, second-generation Koreans’ identity issues, and Korean international students’ gender issues. This book focuses on Korean Americans’ twenty-first century experiences. It provides basic statistics about Koreans’ immigration, settlement and business patterns, while it also provides meaningful qualitative data on gender issues and ethnic identity. The annotated bibliography on Korean Americans in Chapter 10 will serve as important guides for beginning researchers studying Korean Americans. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 268Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-7813-3 • Hardback • December 2012 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-0-7391-8712-8 • Paperback • August 2013 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
978-0-7391-7814-0 • eBook • December 2012 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
Pyong Gap Min is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He also serves as Director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Immigration of Koreans to the United States: A Review of Forty-Five year (1965-2009) Trends
Chapter 3: Growth and Settlement Patterns of Korean Americans
Chapter 4: Changes in Korean Immigrants’ Business Patterns
Chapter 5: A Comparison of Korean Protestant, Catholic, and Buddhist Religious Institutions in New York
Chapter 6: Explaining the Migration Strategy: Comparing Transnational and Intact Migrant Families from South Korea to Canada
Chapter 7: Transnational Interactions among Korean Immigrants in Toronto: Family ties and Socioeconomic, cultural, and Political Participation
Chapter 8: The Bifurcated Statuses of the Wives of Korean International Students
Chapter 9: Transnationalism and “Third Culture Kids”: A Comparative Analysis of Korean American and Korean Chinese Identity Construction
Chapter 10: Authenticity Dilemma among Pre-1965 Native-Born Koreans
Chapter 11: A Four-Decade Literature on Korean Americans: A Review and Comprehensive Bibliography
About the Contributors
Koreans in North America: Their Twenty-First Century Experiences, authored by the dean of the Korean-American studies and supplemented with chapters by other leading experts on Korean-American life, offers a comprehensive source of rich and comparative data on Korean-American and Korean-Canadian communities. Deploying a sophisticated array of information acquired through the application of multiple research methods, this book addresses important topics related to Koreans’ experiences in North America. Elegantly written and impeccably researched, Koreans in North America is a volume of exceptional value for students, scholars, policy makers and general readers interested in Korean Americans, Asian American studies, immigration history, and urban studies. The book features a comprehensive annotated bibliography on Korean Americans that will be an indispensable resource for research on Korean Americans.
Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University

A comprehensive overview of Korean Americans and Korean Canadians that is an invaluable resource for researchers and general readers alike. Highly recommended!
David K. Yoo, University of Califoria Los Angeles, Asian American Studies Center

Professor Pyong Gap Min’s anthology presents the most comprehensive examination of contemporary Korean communities in North America from multidisciplinary approaches. While covering different aspects of ethnic and immigrant experiences of Koreans, it offers nuanced and sophisticated analyses of the internal diversity across class, ethnicity, generation, gender, and religion within this seemingly homogeneous immigrant group.
Min Zhou, Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox