New Immigrant Growth Machines: The Politics of Development in Koreatown and Monterey Park (co-P.I. Sookhee Oh, University of Kansas City-Missouri and Jan Lin, Occidental College). The project takes a look at the transnationally-linked political groups and processes that have contributed to the entrepreneurial expansion of Koreatown and Monterey Park, Los Angeles. Our general aim is to understand how the economic and spatial landscape of these globalizing ethnic economies have been shaped by the way pro-growth immigrant entrepreneurs and capitalists are incorporated into local urban/ suburban political regimes.
The Dynamics of Mothering and Educational Achievement among Asian, Black, and White Americans. Based on in-depth interviews with 90-100 women, my study will examine how working-class and middle-class White, African American, and Asian American mothers navigate the highly competitive educational systems of urban (Manhattan) and suburban (New Jersey) neighborhoods. In today's post-industrial economy, mothers face a number of parenting challenges related to changing family structures, work-family conflicts, unequal division of household labor, and increasing workplace demands amidst competing ideologies that approach motherhood as a vital and all-consuming responsibility of all women. Depending on race/ ethnicity, class resources, and family structure, I examine how mothers respond to these contradictory pressures in the processes of preparing their children for school.
“Globalizing” Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy: A Case Study on Universities in South Korea. (co-P.I. Soohan Kim, Korea University) The project examines how the so-called "globalization" of higher education in Seoul, South Korea restructures power dynamics in the educational system of rapidly modernizing nations like Korea. The general objective of this study is first to determine how these concurrent reforms have restructured classroom dynamics and the broader university power structure through new hierarchies based on “English language capital”. In particular, we will see how the dynamics of gender, class, race, and nationality play out in this settings and how this has prepared them for study overseas.