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’Family women’ : gender, family and identity among Korean-Canadian women Jerry, Kyle


This thesis is based on a series of interviews about social life that were conducted with eight Korean-Canadian women who migrated to Canada in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It uses these interviews as the basis to discuss issues of identity formation, memory, migration, and narrative among these women. Whereas previous authors have identified ethnic institutions like the church and political organizations as primary sites of identity formation, this thesis identifies family as a key site for the negotiation of social identities. By focusing on the women's narrative patterns, it seeks to illustrate how family has often set the parameters for their post-migration social activities and provided them with a source of identity.

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