Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Asian American Studies

Publication Date

6-2004

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

93

Last Page

116

Abstract

This article explores the role of language in constructing relational identities among 1.5- and second-generation Korean Americans. Using the methodology of discourse analysis, we reveal two ways of articulating social divisions within the Korean American community among 1.5- and second-generation Korean Americans in Los Angeles. We analyze how their narratives present different ideologies about identity as: 1) an attribute determined by factors not under an individual's control or 2) an observable accomplishment, capable of being easily modified by individual choice. We analyze the discursive features of these two discourses, which we call the discourse of dispositions and the discourse of agency, and we discuss the implications of this research for theories of race and ethnicity.

DOI

10.1353/jaas.2005.0013

Print ISSN

10972129

E-ISSN

10968598

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Lo, A., & Kang, M. A. (2004). Two ways of articulating heterogeneity in Korean American narratives of ethnic identity. Journal of Asian American Studies, 7(2), 93-116. doi: 10.1353/jaas.2005.0013