Korean Americans (korean + american)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Terms modified by Korean Americans

  • korean american adolescent

  • Selected Abstracts

    Models of Civic Responsibility: Korean Americans in Congregations with Different Ethnic Compositions

    This article compares different discourses of civic responsibility for Korean American evangelicals in a second-generation Korean congregation and a multiethnic congregation located in the same impoverished ethnic minority community. Those in the second-generation church define civic responsibility through difference from immigrant Koreans. They stress caring for members of their local community and explicitly reject their parents' connection of Christianity to economic mobility. Yet, they find relating to other minorities in their local community difficult because of an implicit belief that the economically impoverished are not hardworking. Korean Americans in the multiethnic church connect Christianity to valuing diversity. A religious individualism that is used to justify diversity also helps Korean Americans stress their commonality with other ethnic minorities and legitimates commitment to community service. These results help researchers rethink how new groups of Americans might influence the relationship of evangelical Christianity to American civic life. [source]

    Health, Healthcare Utilization, and Satisfaction with Service: Barriers and Facilitators for Older Korean Americans

    Yuri Jang PhD
    The present study assessed predictive models of subjective perception of health, healthcare utilization (hospital visits), and satisfaction with healthcare service using a sample of 230 older Korean Americans. Predisposing characteristics (age, sex, and education), health needs (chronic conditions, functional disability, and number of sick days), and a variety of enabling factors (health insurance, English speaking ability, transportation, living arrangement, trust in Western medicine, and reported experience of disrespect in medical settings) were considered. After controlling for predisposing and need factors, health insurance coverage was found to be a significant enabling factor for hospital visits. Subjective perception of health was found to be significant not only for healthcare utilization, but also for satisfaction with service. A greater likelihood of satisfaction was also observed in individuals with health insurance, better English-speaking ability, and greater trust in Western medical care. The reported experience of disrespect or discrimination in medical settings significantly reduced the odds of satisfaction with service. [source]

    Developing cultural competence in working with Korean immigrant families

    Irene J. Kim
    The authors provide an in-depth examination of the historical background, cultural values, family roles, and community contexts of Korean Americans as an aid to both researchers and clinicians in developing cultural competence with this particular group. First, the concept of cultural competence is defined. A brief history of Korean immigration patterns to the United States and demographic information about Korean Americans are reviewed. Second, Korean cultural values, family structure, and family roles are examined as they impact relationships in research and clinical contexts. Three indigenous concepts (cf. L. Kim, 1992) that may be useful in developing cultural competence include haan (suppressed anger), jeong (strong feeling of kinship), and noon-chi (ability to evaluate social situations through implicit cues). Clinical case examples and accounts from a community-based research perspective illustrate these cultural values. Third, important community resources in the Korean American context are highlighted. Links between cultural competence and "ecological pragmatism" (Kelly, Azelton, Burzette, & Mock, 1994) are discussed. 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. [source]

    Negotiating conflict within the constraints of social hierarchies in Korean American discourse

    M. Agnes Kang
    This paper provides an interactional account of conflict negotiation strategies in Korean American discourse. With specific attention to the sociolinguistic phenomenon of codeswitching among Korean Americans, I argue that speaking Korean at particular moments evokes ideologies of social hierarchy that serve to mitigate potential conflicts. The Korean social ideology of relative status has a major influence on how bilingual Korean Americans interact with one another, regardless of whether they are using Korean or English. The use of codeswitching, among other mitigating strategies in discourse, serves to instantiate these hierarchical relationships and introduces particular social norms that guide the observable actions used in navigating meaning and social relations. The data analyzed here show how the evocation of Korean social ideologies may serve as an identifiable characteristic of Korean American discourse. [source]