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Making Ethnicity for Immigrant Children: Focusing on a case of a Korean school in Paris
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Making Ethnicity for Immigrant Children: Focusing on a case of a Korean school in Paris
Kim, Myeong-Hee;
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The existence of Korean schools is one of the salient characteristics of Overseas Koreans. How do such schools for Korean immigrants` children try to construct Korean ethnic identity? Also, how is immigrant children`s ethnic identity developed and reinforced by the education at those schools? This paper explores these questions based on an ethnographic research at a Korean school in Paris from September 2005 to December 2007. The cultural education for immigrant children at the Korean school has a tendency to emphasize the most exotic traits of Korean culture. And this emphasis on the unfamiliar elements of Korean culture doesn`t seem to help to form the ethnic identity of Korean immigrants` children. Instead, the students appear to get the sense of being a member of Koreans more from the education outside of classroom such as scholastic events than in a classroom of a Korean school. That`s because scholastic events allow them to play out some of the Korean culture in more inter-ethnic settings. Therefore, it can be concluded that ethnicity of immigrant children is rather developed in inter-ethnic social contexts than born with or taught in class.
ethnicity;ethnic identity;Korean school;immigrant children;cultural education;
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