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Title:Negotiating Ethnic Identity: Korean Americans in College Korean Language Classes
Author(s):Jo, Hye-Young
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Abelmann, Nancy A.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Anthropology, Cultural
Abstract:Although "heritage" (or "ethnic") language has often been taken up as a symbol for group maintenance, my study shows that actual interaction with the language is complicatedly and heterogeneously experienced among the group members, especially in relation to the ethnic identity formation process. Characteristics of the Korean classes contribute to Korean-American students' ethnic identity formation processes in several ways. This is because this "ethnic" space contains complicated and contradictory characteristics, resulting from its complex mixture of class participants, its institutional location, and its national and transnational situation (Chapter 4). Korean-American students participating in Korean language classes constantly negotiate their sense of ethnic identity by interacting with social meanings initiated from words, passages, illustrations, and texts (Chapter 5); perceiving and positioning complicated forms and styles of Korean language, which become legitimated or de-legitimated against a "native" "standard" language (Chapter 6); and facing classmates' speech presentations caricaturing "Koreanness" out of various diasporic stories, at the crossroads of traditional, ideal cultural traits and transnational, contemporary cultural flows from Korea (Chapter 7). These multiple modes are interconnected by different personal beliefs and theories of ethnic identity and language (Chapter 3), complicating their views and horizons on diaspora, meaning of homeland, and Korean ethnicity.
Issue Date:2000
Description:270 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971107
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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