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The book Changes and Conflicts by Pyong Gap Min gives us an analysis on how and why Korean migration to the United States has altered their traditional family system Allyn and Bacon published the book in 1998 The book focuses on changes in gender roles and marital relations Also Korean child socialization adjustments of the elderly and the nature of transnational families and kin ties are topics Min discusses in the book Min uses results of several surveys as well as his own ethnographic research to back his claims Min used his own personal family experiences his observations of other Korean families informal discussion with Korean school teachers and social workers and Korean newspaper articles for insight on Korean immigrant families He also interviewed 50 Koreans in NY representing a broad range of Korean people Finally Min used census and survey data including his own surveys of Koreans in New York to provide statistical information about Korean immigrant families Min starts his analysis of Korean immigrant family by providing some background information on the Korean community in NY Min explains that recent Korean immigrants can be characterized as being highly educated urbanized and predominately Christian Korean immigrants began to settle in New York after 1965 One reason is the need for medical professionals during the 1960s in the New York and New Jersey area The demand for medical professionals attracted many Korean professionals to the area These professionals later on became naturalized and were able to invite their relatives for permanent residence A characteristic o f the contemporary Korean community living in NY are their concentration in small business Min explains that the vast majority of the Korean work force is segregated in the Korean sub-economy either as business owners or as employees of co-ethnic businesses Some Korean businesses include green groceries trade business dealing import business dry-cleaning service and nail salons Min states that the segregation of Korean immigrants in the work place promotes
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