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.
|Commitee:||Kim, Angela, Seshadri, Gita|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|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|
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