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Housing Experience of Married Women in Multi-Cultural Families from an Ecological Perspective
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  • Journal title : Family and Environment Research
  • Volume 54, Issue 2,  2016, pp.141-154
  • Publisher : The Korean Home Economics Association
  • DOI : 10.6115/fer.2016.012
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Housing Experience of Married Women in Multi-Cultural Families from an Ecological Perspective
Hwang, Shin-Hye; Hong, Hyung-Ock;
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This study examined the nature of multi-cultural families` housing problems living in South Korea. A qualitative research was conducted through in-depth interviews with immigrant women from three Southeast Asian countries. The subjects of this study were 15 married immigrants from the Philippine, Cambodia, and Vietnam living in Seoul. The major findings were as follows: firstly, reciprocity for the in-between person and environment: the preferred to blend into Korean society instead of making a community based on national origin. Secondly, intention to housing: all participants were passive about moving and the Vietnamese and Cambodians placed more importance on the family community than the Filipinas. Thirdly, meaning of housing and interaction: for the most important area in the house, the Vietnamese and Cambodians stated that rooms were for a couple and treated family space more importantly than Filipinas who pursuit personal comfort. Fourthly, housing adaptation process: adapting to climate difference between home countries and Korea was the biggest difficulty. Fifthly, residential satisfaction/dissatisfaction: mostly satisfied with housing facilities; however, they were dissatisfied with the number of rooms and house size due to a necessity for personal space. In conclusion, ideas implied from native country of married immigrants in multicultural families did not change significantly in preference of the current environment. The needs for an ethnic community was not great, because they seemed able to assimilate positively by living with a Korean husband and relatives. Gradual assimilation through a cultural acculturation process can be considered desirable.
multi-cultural families` housing;housing lifestyle;ecological perspective;
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