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Understanding Educational Experiences of Second-Generation Korean Americans

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Authors
Jo, Hye-Young
Issue Date
2001
Publisher
서울대학교 교육종합연구원
Citation
SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.11, pp. 25-52
Keywords
second-generation Korean Americansmodel minorityvoluntary minorityeducational performance
Description
2001
Abstract
This article attempts to show how second-generation, Korean-American students have

constructed their own meanings of pursuing education. By drawing on several Korean-American college students' life histories and commentaries about their educational

experiences, I describe the attitudes about education held by a segment of second-generation Korean-American students. In order to reject conventional notions of

Korean-American students' academic behavior (e.g., Korean Americans as science whizzes

and high-score achievers), I focus on the process rather than the product of individual

academic performances. Especially, I will illustrate how a female student called Sumi has coped with the social beliefs and narratives that have represented Korean-Americans' educational performances on the public and academics. As she has experienced conflicts between the representations and reality, she has transformed her attitudes about education. Her attitude change has been accompanied by her interpretations and

reflections about her educational experiences situated in various contexts including family, neighborhood, and school conditions. These experiences have revolved around and against the taken-for-granted image of Korean Americans, that is, the "model minority" image and the concept of voluntary minorities as successful academic achievers
ISSN
1225-5335
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/70597
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