Lecture: Korean American Global Identities

Photo: Mary Yu DanicoMary Yu Dan­i­co, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­o­gy at Cal­i­for­nia State Poly­tech­nic Uni­ver­si­ty, Pomona, will deliv­er a pub­lic lec­ture titled “Kore­an Amer­i­can Glob­al Iden­ti­ties: What Does it Mean to be Kore­an Amer­i­can in Seoul?” Thurs­day, March 15, 2007, at 12 noon in George Hall Room 301.

The lec­ture will dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion­al iden­ti­ty of 1.5- and sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Kore­an Amer­i­cans resid­ing in Seoul and how their sta­tus and expe­ri­ences as “for­eign­ers” in their “home­land” affect their per­cep­tions of them­selves and oth­er Kore­ans. The pre­sen­ta­tion is based on field research Dan­i­co con­duct­ed as a Ful­bright senior schol­ar in Seoul in 2005 and 2006.

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Dan­i­co is the author of The 1.5 Gen­er­a­tion: Becom­ing Kore­an Amer­i­can in Hawaii (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Press, 2004), a study of the social process through which Kore­an chil­dren in Hawaii are trans­formed from immi­grants into “1.5ers.” The 1.5 gen­er­a­tion refers to Kore­ans who immi­grat­ed to the Unit­ed States as chil­dren and have been social­ized in both Kore­an and Amer­i­can cultures.

This lec­ture is spon­sored by the Depart­ment of Eth­nic Stud­ies, the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy, the Depart­ment of Amer­i­can Stud­ies, and the Diver­si­ty and Equi­ty Ini­tia­tive. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Jon Oka­mu­ra (okamuraj@hawaii.edu), tele­phone 956‑4632.