Thursday, June 2, 2011

Changes and Conflicts: Korean Immigrant Families in New York

Changes and Conflicts: Korean Immigrant Families in New York by Pyong Gap Min is one of the books I had to read for my Anthropology of Migration class this past semester. It is one of the books in the New Immigrant Series, and while we only had two of the books in the series assigned for class, I would definitely pick up any others I might come across, because they were both great books.

Changes and Conflicts focuses on the experience of immigrants from Korea to New York, and also discusses the experience of many second-generation immigrants (the American-born children of those people who came from Korea) - however, many of the challenges they face are also experienced by Korean immigrants to other parts of the United States, as well. In fact, it is interesting to note both the similarities and differences between immigrant groups when reading this book, because there are quite a bit of both.

I think in our current time, where the issue of immigration can be such a big deal and sometimes even a sensitive subject, it's important to try and look at it from the immigrants' point of view - many of us are so removed from the first-hand experience of starting over in a new country and a new culture, since many Americans of European descent do not remember or never knew when their own families first arrived.

These books are perfect for getting that kind of look at the experience of people in the "New Immigration" as it is called, because they are fairly short (less than 200 pages) and not written in inaccessible jargon, so anyone with an interest in the subject of immigration or in Korean/Korean American culture wouldn't have any problems reading through this book.



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