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The Pursuit of Elite High Schools and Colleges among Second-Generation Korean Americans

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Authors
Kim, Dae Young
Issue Date
2011-12
Publisher
Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
Citation
Development and Society, Vol.40 No.2, pp. 225-259
Keywords
Educational attainmentSecond-Generation Korean AmericansElite high schools and collegessocioeconomic status
Abstract
This study examines the educational achievements and attainments of 1.5 and second-generation Korean Americans. Drawing from the 1998 New York and the 2004 IIMMLA surveys as well as forty follow-up in-depth interviews (selected among the 1998 New York survey participants), the study finds that second-generation Korean Americans are attaining high levels of education similar to the educational attainments of their immigrant parents. A high proportion of second-generation Korean Americans also attend elite high schools and colleges, giving the impression of them as model minorities. Closer analysis, however, suggests a more complex dynamic at work, one that involves Korean immigrants’' selective educational and occupational background and the particularities of adolescent life. School-related factors, especially teachers’' expectations, peers, and degree of socializing, have considerable impact, both positive and negative, on the educational attainments of second-generation Korean Americans.
ISSN
1598-8074
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/86753
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