Racial and Cultural Otherness
The Lived Experience of Americans of Korean Descent
|Middle Tennessee State University
|Dr. Vicky MacLean
|M.A. in Sociology
In the sociological literature, Otherness is conceptualized as a condition of difference that is imposed upon a group by another more powerful group. In this qualitative, phenomenological study, it was determined that Americans of Korean descent do, in fact, experience Otherness and it is an integral part of their identities. However, the experience of Otherness can be divided into two separate but interrelated components: racial Otherness and cultural Otherness. It was also determined that the severity of Otherness experiences was shaped by the contexts of phenotype, socio-geographical location, and childhood.