Abstract

Focusing on three distinctive aspects of the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy (KMLA)—its English-only policy, the use of Korean traditions and its success as a college preparatory school—this article examines the ways in which this academically competitive, contemporary high school negotiates the nexus between Korean traditions and globalization. Our research is based on interviews with administrators, faculty, students, and alumni of KMLA and a review of media reports and the school's own literature. We discuss what "Korean Traditions" mean to the members of the school, why these traditions are so important to them, and how KMLA fits into the larger framework of Korea's efforts to revitalize Korean culture and identity in the context of globalization.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1529
Print ISSN
0145-840X
Pages
pp. 124-149
Launched on MUSE
2010-01-22
Open Access
No
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