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KakaoTalk and Facebook

Korean American Youth Constructing Hybrid Identities

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Jiwoo Park and Dafna Lemish

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.

BIC Classifications

  • Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Communication studies (GTC)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Cultural studies (JFC)
        • Popular culture (JFCA)
      • Media studies (JFD)
      • Social groups (JFS)
        • Ethnic studies (JFSL)
          • Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies (JFSL1)
  • Computing & information technology (U)
    • Digital lifestyle (UD)

BISAC Classifications

  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies (LAN004000)
    • Library & Information Science (LAN025)
      • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General (LAN025000)
  • Political Science (POL)
    • POLITICAL SCIENCE / General (POL000000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions (SOC005000)
    • Sociology (SOC026)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General (SOC026000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Communication studies (GTC)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Cultural studies (JBCC)
          • Popular culture (JBCC1)
          • Material culture (JBCC2)
        • Media studies (JBCT)
          • Media studies: Internet, digital media & society (JBCT1)
      • Social & ethical issues (JBF)
        • Social attitudes (JBFX)
      • Social groups (JBS)
        • Ethnic studies (JBSL)
          • Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies (JBSL1)
        • Age groups (JBSP)