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Navigating the Hyphen: Korean-American college students' processes of identification through practice

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dc.contributor.advisor Fraga, Christopher
dc.contributor.author Min, Kyungchan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-03T16:34:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-03T16:34:36Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/20485
dc.description.abstract The experience of being Korean-American can be studied as a continuing practice of identification: how often do I eat Korean food (and when I do, do I use chopsticks?), do I smoke cigarettes (and when I do, do I step out for cigarettes with other Korean-Americans?), or what fashion styles do I follow? Within a liminal space like a college campus, these decisions can have significant effects on the individual’s process of identification. This thesis aims to ask how first, 1.5, and second-generation Korean-American college students—constantly conditioned into the “model minority” trope on US soil as well as the derogatory gyopo trope back in Korea—negotiate within a limbo of existence where achieving a sense of belonging is a long and difficult process. I aim to analyze this question primarily through the lens of practice and how the performative nature of these practices continually construct an individual’s identification as Korean-American.
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title Navigating the Hyphen: Korean-American college students' processes of identification through practice en_US
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