Publication Date

Fall 2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Linguistics and Language Development


Rosemary Henze

Subject Areas

Education, Sociology of.; Asian American Studies.; Education, English as a Second Language.; Language, General.


This study explores the acculturation process of generation 1.5 Korean immigrants in the United States with special attention to their construction of ethnic identity as it influences their adjustment to the new culture. The researcher defines generation 1.5 Korean as those who were born in Korea and immigrated to the United States between age 5 and 16. For the purpose of this study, the researcher conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews on the participants' immigration experiences, focusing on how they have developed their ethnic identities over time. Twenty Korean immigrants were recruited and interviewed in the area of San Jose, California.