Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952668 | Print ISBN: 9781412909488 | Online ISBN: 9781412952668| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Korean Americans are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States. More than a million Korean Americans live in the United States, representing the fourth largest Asian American ethnic group. The majority of Korean Americans live in California. As the number of Korean Americans in the United States grows, our modern psychological understanding of this population needs to grow as well. To better serve Korean Americans, researchers have begun to clarify what is known about traditional Korean values and how these values might be relevant to psychological research and practice. Like other Asian American groups, Korean Americans are often described as part of the “model minority,” having few personal or professional problems. Generally, researchers have neglected the study of Korean Americans because of a belief that the cultural values of Koreans protect them from psychological difficulties. For example, in the 1990s, ...