Mar
04

 ProfMinSeminarPicMarch1 2016

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Pyong Gap Min (Director of RCKC and Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center) gave a talk titled "The Intergenerational Progression of the Korean Community: The Problem of Ethnic Attrition." This event took place at KCS (Korean Community Services), located at 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358.

Most studies of the acculturation of immigrant ethnic groups have focused on intergenerational socioeconomic mobility. Additionally, many studies have also examined younger-generation Americans' retention of ethnic culture and identity. However, these studies have neglected to look at the flipside of this, which is ethnic attrition or a reduction of ethnic characteristics. Even though acculturation into the host society helps the second generation move up socioeconomically, it coincides with a concomitant reduction in ethnic characteristics. Ethnic retention and ethnic attrition can be understood in different ways, even though they mostly deal with the same phenomena. Professor Min talked about and made some predictions about how quickly Korean ethnic attrition can occur within the Korean community as generations increase. Additionally, he made some policy suggestions regarding pathways toward increasing ethnic retention and slowing down ethnic attrition without compromising immigrant communities' ability to acculturate to the host society.