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A Search for Approaches to multi-cultural society in Korea : Focus on attitude of korean and foreign wives

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2008, 19(1), pp.213-234
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

고숙희 1

1세명대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article will discuss new perspectives regarding cultural assimilationism and cultural pluralism in Korea which has been already introduced to a multi-cultural society. Assimilationism means that the potential minority or immigrants in a certain society should be harmonized with the majority of a nation. Cultural pluralism publicly recognized identities and diversities of minorities or natives who were originally immigrants. For this study I have conducted a survey using a questionnaire among Koreans and foreigners(Strictly speaking, such selected foreigners have gotten married to Korean residents, they are Korean legally). I carried out the survey from October 22, 2007 to October 10, 2007, separating foreigners from Koreans. I gave out 400 questionnaires to them and got 387 answers from them(301 Koreans, 86 foreigners). According to the result of the survey, when compared with immigrants who married Koreans(most of them, about 76%, preferred assimilationism), Koreans preferred pluralism as well as assimilationism in response to the coming multi-cultural society, Also, it shows that a large number of the immigrants wanted to live in the same way as Koreans, which is an unexpected result. Immigrants coming from other countries want to be assimilated into our society of their own accord. Besides, many problems might be caused by carrying out the policy of pluralism which publicly accepts multi-cultures in Korea because Korea is a relatively small country. Thus, we should first make it a rule to effect assimilationism, and then set our goal toward assimilating them into our culture. Yet, we also need to get out of the policy paradigm which has demanded a unified adjustment to our culture.

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