The "other" story of model minorities: Korean American high school dropouts in an urban context

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Abstract

This article analyzes how socioeconomic backgrounds, social capital, and school resources affect Korean American youths' educational attainment and aspirations. In the context of limited social and economic support, students delineate differences within coethnic communities along class lines and adopt an oppositional cultural frame of reference to endure and resist institutional barriers. This study demonstrates the significance of distinguishing socioeconomic differences within Korean American communities and for whom the enclaves may be more beneficial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-323
Number of pages21
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Anthropology

Keywords

  • Asian American
  • Korean American
  • Race and ethnic identities
  • Second-generation immigrants
  • Social capital

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