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Looking Beyond the Model Minority Image: The Case of Korean American Immigrant Marriages and Families

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Korean Americans are one of the poorest ethnic groups in the United States. In Los Angeles County, 15.81% of Koreans fall below the federal poverty line, compared with 14.82% in California, and 6.44% are unemployed, compared to 5.78% statewide. Korean Americans have the highest rate of self-employment amongst all ethnic groups, which translates into couples working long hours together, creating strain and the neglect of children. Approximately 75% of Koreans arrived in the U.S. after the 1970s, and both these first-generation adults and their children face significant language and cultural barriers. The number of divorced Asian Pacific Americans more than doubled between 1996 and 2002, and Koreans have the highest rates of domestic violence among Asian Americans. Despite this reality, the needs of Korean American families have been lost in easy categorizations of them as the “model minority.” Consequently, various healthy marriage initiatives and family building programs exist for other ethnic minority groups, but no such programs exist for the Korean American and greater Asian American community. In response, this research examines the various hidden problems and sources of tensions within Korean American marriages and identifies marriage/family support needs and strategies for the community.

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Kim, Rebecca. "Looking Beyond the Model Minority Image: The Case of Korean American Immigrant Marriages and Families" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, Jul 31, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-12-01 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p238689_index.html>

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Kim, R. Y. , 2008-07-31 "Looking Beyond the Model Minority Image: The Case of Korean American Immigrant Marriages and Families" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA Online <PDF>. 2014-12-01 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p238689_index.html

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Abstract: Korean Americans are one of the poorest ethnic groups in the United States. In Los Angeles County, 15.81% of Koreans fall below the federal poverty line, compared with 14.82% in California, and 6.44% are unemployed, compared to 5.78% statewide. Korean Americans have the highest rate of self-employment amongst all ethnic groups, which translates into couples working long hours together, creating strain and the neglect of children. Approximately 75% of Koreans arrived in the U.S. after the 1970s, and both these first-generation adults and their children face significant language and cultural barriers. The number of divorced Asian Pacific Americans more than doubled between 1996 and 2002, and Koreans have the highest rates of domestic violence among Asian Americans. Despite this reality, the needs of Korean American families have been lost in easy categorizations of them as the “model minority.” Consequently, various healthy marriage initiatives and family building programs exist for other ethnic minority groups, but no such programs exist for the Korean American and greater Asian American community. In response, this research examines the various hidden problems and sources of tensions within Korean American marriages and identifies marriage/family support needs and strategies for the community.


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