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Educational Histories Of Korean Americans

The first emigration of Korean’s occurred in the eighth century when they immigrated to Japan because of famine, high government taxes and natural resources. Towards the end of 19th century, few Koreans moved to the US. Initially, only three political refugees migrated in 1885, followed by five others in 1899. Five years later, 64 Koreans joined them to attend theological institutions in Hawaii and were later repatriated upon completion of their studies. The Japanese and Chinese were among the major workers working in Hawaii but were not allowed to work in the US. The aggressive marketing strategy saw Hawaii as the journey to the top where in 1905, over 7000 mainly bachelors had been recruited plantations of which only 2000…

Culture Change in Korean Women

Sweeping cultural change rarely comes rapidly. Even in places where the constitution of the nation would guarantee equality of citizens, achieving true equality can be an agonizingly slow process. In the United States, for example, a fledgling women’s suffrage movement was present as early as the middle 1700s. The right to vote, however, would not be realized until 1920, over a hundred and fifty years later. Korea is a divided nation even more steeped in cultural tradition. Although there are some subtle differences, depending on region and class, Koreans still live in a regimented, patriarchal society. Globalization can result in a more equal society. The world is more economically interrelated than ever. The power of tradition is strong, however. Economic…

Korean Creation Myth

Much as the African myth explaining the creation of its society included a talking mountain god who once lived on earth (Parrinder, African Mythology) does my own myth, based on Korean culture, explain the foundation of one society peopled with characters of strength and fortitude. Long before earth was populated, Panther and Mouse lived in a cave high over a verdant valley in the region of Mount T`aebaeksan on the border between Manchuria and what is now North Korea. There was water flowing in the streams and sun shining on the trees and grass but this was not enough for Panther and Mouse. Although they spent their time playing games and singing songs, they were lonely for additional company. The…

Korean Americans embody the American Dream

Abelmann and Lie in their article “Blue Dreams” aver that the media is largely responsible for creating the general belief that the Korean Americans and African-Americans are antipodal races and that their conflicts arise from cultural and economic factors. While the American obsession with the ‘American dream’ prompts them to portray the Korean American the model minority, the same obsession prompts them to dismiss the African American the urban underclass. What is the American dream? The American dream was the celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in the 1980s. The Americans believed that an unfettered pursuit of profit is the goal of every individual who wants to succeed in life. They believed that America was an open society in which every…

What is the effect of kpop in the philippines?

It’s quite ironic how a lot of Filipinos nowadays are so engrossed with Korean pop songs and dramas. I myself fall flat on my knees to these songs. I consider myself as a Kpop addict as well. When I was in college, I use to smile when I see a group of Koreans in the corridors of our building. It was like seeing a Korean actor look-a-like. I was also amazed at their tagalog! Sometimes they were more at ease speaking tagalong than English. Although I don’t speak Korean at all, meaning I don’t understand a word from the Korean songs I listen too. I don’t understand why I keep buying the albums, or download the songs. It’s as if…