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Title:Interracial Relationships and Korean Amerian Families
Author(s):Lange, Nick
AAS199 F07
Abstract:The point of this project was to discover the reason why some Korean American families supported interracial relationshiops while other, seemingly similar Korean American families discourage it. In answering that question we also learn about Korean culture to discover why some discourage/encourage interracial relationships. To collect data I interviewed many Korean Americans who attend University of Illinois. I specificaly sought out those with particular interesting stories to use as examples. I also attended several Christian dating seminars at a Korean Church to provide backround information. Generaly I found that several items that effect the decisions of Korean Americans on interracial marriage. They were, briefly: cultural barriers, language barriers, religious differences, Korean history, and the level of assimilation of Korean American families.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:AAS 199, Asian American Chicago, Prof. Junaid Rana: The city of Chicago is home to many Asian Americans defined broadly from those that hail from East Asia to South Asia to West Asia. In this course, students examine the multiplicity of the Asian American experience through specific communities and their history in Chicago. By centering on neighborhoods and communities we look at the populations that constitute places like Chinatown, Koreatown, and Devon Street. Expanding our definitions of the city based on the North side, South side, West Side, etc., and the city and the suburbs, students explore the relationship of Asian Americans across definitions of an imagined Chicago and Chicagoland. The course material cover a wide array of topics to examine the changing contours of Asian American communities such as housing, migration, segregation, and racialization. Further this course examines the relationship of Asian Americans in relationship to the historically racialized groups in Chicago. Each student in this class is part of an important research project to document the role of the U of I in student life and the communities they come from. The course syllabus is available at:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-03

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