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Article: What it means to be a “model minority”: Voices of ethnic Koreans in Northeast China

TitleWhat it means to be a “model minority”: Voices of ethnic Koreans in Northeast China
Authors
KeywordsCultural superiority
Dual economic marginalization
Educational aspirations
Model minority
Social hierarchy
Issue Date2008
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14631369.asp
Citation
Asian Ethnicity, 2008, v. 9 n. 1, p. 55-67 How to Cite?
Abstract
Ethnic Koreans in China have been widely recognized as a 'model minority' primarily for academic success. Using the data collected as part of a larger ethnographic research on Korean elementary school students, this paper examines how 27 Korean families construct meaning out of the model minority stereotype in the context of their lived experience in Northeast China. Research results indicate that Koreans constructed the multi-faceted nature of 'model minority' as a matter of cultural superiority and dual economic marginalization in the Chinese and South Korean mainstream societies, and valued education as a practical means to achieve economic upward mobility into the Chinese mainstream. This paper argues that the model minority stereotype with the cultural explanations for Korean success may reinforce the cultural deficiency argument about the academic failure of 'backward' minorities, silence the disadvantages suffered by Koreans in China's reform period and lead to no active intervention to remedy them.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130555
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dc.contributor.authorGao, Fen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:56:28Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:56:28Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.citationAsian Ethnicity, 2008, v. 9 n. 1, p. 55-67en_US
dc.identifier.issn1463-1369-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130555-
dc.description.abstractEthnic Koreans in China have been widely recognized as a 'model minority' primarily for academic success. Using the data collected as part of a larger ethnographic research on Korean elementary school students, this paper examines how 27 Korean families construct meaning out of the model minority stereotype in the context of their lived experience in Northeast China. Research results indicate that Koreans constructed the multi-faceted nature of 'model minority' as a matter of cultural superiority and dual economic marginalization in the Chinese and South Korean mainstream societies, and valued education as a practical means to achieve economic upward mobility into the Chinese mainstream. This paper argues that the model minority stereotype with the cultural explanations for Korean success may reinforce the cultural deficiency argument about the academic failure of 'backward' minorities, silence the disadvantages suffered by Koreans in China's reform period and lead to no active intervention to remedy them.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14631369.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Ethnicityen_US
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the article as published in the print edition of the journal]. [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article-
dc.subjectCultural superiority-
dc.subjectDual economic marginalization-
dc.subjectEducational aspirations-
dc.subjectModel minority-
dc.subjectSocial hierarchy-
dc.titleWhat it means to be a “model minority”: Voices of ethnic Koreans in Northeast Chinaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.emailGao, F: gaofang@hkusua.hku.hk, gaofang@graduate.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14631360701803252-
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