Korean American Youth Constructing Hybrid Identities
KakaoTalk and Facebook: Korean American Youth Constructing Hybrid Identities explores the role smartphones play in the lives of Korean American youth as they explore their identities and navigate between fitting into their host society and their Korean heritage. Employing multiple methodologies, this book gives voice to the youth’s personal experiences, identity struggles, and creative digital media practices. While similar in many aspects to other American youth, they also differ greatly in the central roles that their smartphones’ use plays in maintaining their mastery of the Korean language, connecting to Korean pop culture, and cultivating their social networks with other co-ethnic peers and homeland relatives and friends. The results of this study challenge traditional assumptions about assimilation of second generation immigrants into a host society and suggest that digital technologies facilitate the process of segmented assimilation, according to which ethnic identities continue to play a central role in the identity of children of immigrants. KakaoTalk and Facebook will be of great interest to scholars and educators of media and youth and those exploring how digital media have changed the nature of immigration processes in dramatic ways.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2019. XXII, 176 pp., 32 color ill., 12 tables
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Book Outline
- Chapter 1. Immigration and Identity Formation
- Immigration and Assimilation in the U.S.
- Classical Assimilation Theory
- Segmented Assimilation Theory
- Identity Formation
- Phinney’s Model of Ethnic Identity Development
- The Digital Diaspora and Digital Media Practice
- Young Immigrants and Digital Media Practices
- Chapter 2. Studying Korean American Youth
- Being Korean American
- Confucianism in the Korean American Family
- The Korean Wave: Hallyu
- The Study
- Chapter 3. Digital Practices of Korean American Youth
- Digital Media Technology and Everyday Life
- Photo-sharing Practice Using Smartphones
- Adoption of KakaoTalk
- Chapter 4. Digital Media and the Construction of Korean Identity
- Measuring Ethnic Identity
- SNSs as Platforms for Socialization and Identity Performance
- Accessing Cultural Content Using SNSs
- SNSs as Ways of Maintaining Family Ties With Korea
- Chapter 5. Navigating Korean and American Identities
- Ethnic Identity Development Among First-and-a-Half Generation Interviewees
- Ethnic Identity Development Among Second Generation Interviewees
- Chapter 6. Digital Media Bilingualism
- Bilingualism in the Interviews
- Bilingualism as Captured in Survey Data
- Conclusion: The Contribution of Digital Media to Segmented Assimilation Theory
- The Nature of the Digital Media Practices
- Exploring and Committing to Ethnic Identity via Digital Media Devices
- First-and-a-Half and Second Generation Commitment to Ethnic Identity
- Korean American Youth and Segmented Assimilation
- Comparing First Generation Korean American Adults With Youth
- Appendix A: Interview Protocol
- Biographical Information: Who Are the Interviewees?
- Photo-Elicitation Interview Questions
- Digital Media Uses/Usage Questions
- Identity: How Do They Identify Themselves and How Are They Identified by Others?
- Appendix B: Survey Questionnaire
- Part I: Digital Media Landscape
- Part II: Ethnic Identity Questions (MEIM-R)
- Part III: Demographics
- Series index
List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1. Immigration and Identity Formation
Immigration and Assimilation in the U.S.
Classical Assimilation Theory
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