Abstract

This article explores the role of language in constructing relational identities among 1.5- and second-generation Korean Americans. Using the methodology of discourse analysis, we reveal two ways of articulating social divisions within the Korean American community among 1.5- and second-generation Korean Americans in Los Angeles. We analyze how their narratives present different ideologies about identity as: 1) an attribute determined by factors not under an individual's control or 2) an observable accomplishment, capable of being easily modified by individual choice. We analyze the discursive features of these two discourses, which we call the discourse of dispositions and thediscourse of agency, and we discuss the implications of this research for theories of race and ethnicity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1096-8598
Print ISSN
1097-2129
Pages
pp. 93-116
Launched on MUSE
2005-05-05
Open Access
No
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