Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Experiences of Second-Generation Korean-Americans: Pursuing a Different Path
by Un-Na, Jane, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2017, 112; 10743071
Abstract (Summary)

Second-generation Korean-Americans are influenced by a culture that values education and strives for high academic achievement that conform to the group. However, not all are able to achieve such a goal. A phenomenological research was designed to explore the meanings of the lived experiences of second-generation Korean men who did not obtain a college degree and the cultural values, parental expectations, and standards that have impacted them. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 11 participants. The analysis revealed the participants’ resiliency to translate their disadvantages in their youth, such as low SES, limited parental guidance, and delinquency backgrounds, as they challenged and negotiated values of two cultures, into unique achievements in their adulthood. Participants described themselves as “not your model minority” and their pathway as “astray” from familial and societal expectations. Gender differences and their mentality of “work-harder” with “no regrets” were discussed. Clinical implications for MFTs and future research exploration are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Hao-Min
Commitee: Kim, Angela, Seshadri, Gita
School: Alliant International University
Department: Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies
Keywords: Bi-culturalism, Collectivism, Education, Model minority myth, Phenomenological research, Second-generation Korean-Americans
Publication Number: 10743071
ISBN: 978-0-355-59377-8
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