Date

2013

Department or Program

Sociology

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Joseph Swingle

Abstract

Of what relevance is national identity to students who spend extended periods of time away from their “home” nation? Is it possible for an individual to be nationalistic and cosmopolitan simultaneously? This study examines Korean international students attending college or university in the U.S. These students grew up in a “one-blood” nation but now find themselves in a far more racially and ethnically diverse nation. My research explores how the U.S. experiences of these students influence their nationalistic versus multicultural/cosmopolitan worldviews. Data come from survey and in-depth one-to-one interviews with Korean international students across the U.S.

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