The psychology of diaspora experiences: Intergroup contact, perceived discrimination, and the ethnic identity of Koreans in China

Richard M. Lee, Chi Young Noh, Hyung Chol Yoo, Hyun Sim Doh

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Abstract

The moderating role of intergroup contact on the relationship between perceived discrimination and ethnic identity was examined in a diaspora community of Koreans living in China. It was hypothesized that Koreans with higher intergroup contact would have a lower ethnic identity under higher discrimination, whereas Koreans with lower intergroup contact would have a higher ethnic identity. Across two separate college samples, Koreans who were more willing to interact with Han Chinese had a lower ethnic identity when discrimination was higher, but this finding was not replicated within one college setting. These findings challenge the linear rejection-identification model and suggest displaced people may minimize ingroup-outgroup differences, depending on their willingness to seek intergroup contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • China
  • Diaspora
  • Discrimination
  • Ethnic identity
  • Intergroup contact
  • Koreans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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