Not Man Enough: Second-generation Korean-American Male Youths & Masculinity
Korean-American male youths living in the U.S., in particular second-generation immigrants, face many obstacles in the construction of their ethnic and gender identities. I have observed small groups of Korean-American male youths appropriating black culture (i.e. using ebonics slang/phrases, consuming black media, dressing stereotypically black). I hypothesize that these groups do so to regain their masculinity because they feel emasculated by American society, particularly American media. My research seeks not only to observe whether or not this hypothesis is true but also to fill the research gap of information on the second-generation immigrant experience.
Mentor: Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald