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Who are (not) Koreans? Practices Employed by Korean News Media for Covering Korean American Individuals’ Success Stories


KIM Tae-Sik KIM Yongmin KIM Yongmin

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Citizenship Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Korean American flexible citizenship ethnic nationalism Korean news media human capital
Description This qualitative analysis of the coverage of Korean Americans in Korean media analyzes 325 and 663 articles about Korean American individuals’ success stories published in 2006 and 2013, respectively. Through an analysis of the scope of coverage, we categorize Korean American news subjects into five fields: education, politics, economy, entertainment, and sports. We analyze news articles from each field published in the two years. Then, we discuss how Korean media prioritizes educational success as the most important human capital of Korean Americans. While Korean media stresses Korean American individuals’ success in mainstream U.S. society by using symbolic meanings, they highlight the individuals’ ethnic ties with Korea by emphasizing their close relationships with Korean families and communities. Although we found little meaningful differences between news practices in these two years, increased transnational interactions between Koreans and Korean Americans might have led media to pay greater attention to Korean Americans’ citizenship.
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