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Transnational Communities in the Smartphone Age


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Introduction: Transnational Ties and Their Impact on the Korean Community 1. Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Korean Immigrants in the Washington-Baltimore Area 2. Connecting with the Home Country: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Transnational Media/Television 3. Transnational Activities of Korean Immigrants 4. Cultural Transnational Activities: The Consumption of Transnational Media With Young A. Jung, and Gyu Tag Lee 5. Where is Home?: Identity and Belonging in the Digital Age 6. Compatibility of Assimilation with Ethnic Preservation and Transnationalism Conclusion: Overview and Implications

About the Author

Dae Young Kim is associate professor of sociology at George Mason University.


Politicians can talk all they want about strengthening borders and building walls. The fact remains that in today's world culture transcends political and geographic boundaries. In this groundbreaking study, Dae Young Kim documents how Korean migrants and their children remain connected to their ancestral homeland while thriving in a new country. He argues that the technologies that allow Koreans to simultaneously consume cultural products and participate in social life on both sides of the Pacific have blurred the distinction between the `old country' and the new and are changing the meaning of citizenship. -- Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York
This book provides vivid pictures of Korean immigrants' transnational lives in the Washington-Baltimore area, the third largest Korean community in the U.S. While most important previously published books covering a particular Korean community in the U.S. focused on Korean immigrants' small business activities and/or their business-related intergroup conflicts, this book focuses on their transnational cultural and social activities. It is a great contribution not only to Korean American studies, but also to studies of immigrant transnationalism in general. -- Pyong Gap Min, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Transnational Communities in the Smartphone Age steps outside traditional gateway cities such as New York and Los Angeles to focus on the understudied Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, home to the third largest Korean American community in the U.S. Kim shows us how current immigrant communities synchronize their old and new countries as well as the limits of this bifocality and the troubling side of transnationalism. -- Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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