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An Exploratory Study on the Leisure Behavior of Foreign Students in Korea Using the Inter-cultural Communication Theory

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2010, 34(1), pp.135-154
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

허문경 1 Kwon Yoo Hong 2

1한양대학교
2한림국제대학원대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explored the leisure behavior patterns of foreign students who are members of the Korean multi-cultural society. Data was collected from four focus groups of a graduate school‘s students using the focus group interview and survey method in 2008. The analysis was taken from three standpoints: influence of Korean Current(Hallyu), interaction with Koreans, and language barriers. Results showed that the foreign students tended to participate in passive leisure activities such as 'browsing the internet', 'shopping', 'meeting friends' and 'watching TV'. Results also indicated that the foreign students' leisure behavior was influenced by Korean people's prejudices to the foreigners. The lack of Korean language skills was also found to be another inhibitor that hindered the students' participation in an active leisure activity.

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