S-Space College of Human Ecology (생활과학대학) Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (의류학과) Journal Papers (저널논문_의류학과)
Clothing acculturation of North Korean female defectors in South Korea
- Jo, Jeyeon; Ha, Jisoo
- Issue Date
- Springer Open
- Fashion and Textiles, 5(1):10
The purpose of this study is to observe how female defectors from North Korea acculturate in South Korean clothing culture and to discuss possible policies to help their cultural settlement. North Korean defectors can experience culture shock and feel much pressure to adopt new lifestyle in terms of South Korean mode of fashion. Therefore, this research examines cultural points where NK female defectors recognize differences between two clothing cultures. To this end, in-depth interview was conducted with 11 participants. Researchers observed three types of clothing acculturation and drew a paradigm model that depicts the phenomenon of clothing acculturation of North Korean female defectors. Lastly, this study discussed about three possible policy suggestions based on the observed acculturation strategies by acculturation types. This study involves academic implications for investigating clothing acculturation by an immigrant group in a new society in a broad sense. There is a limit on this research that there can be some biased responses from participants because of the uniqueness of the group.