An essential dimension of why one becomes an immigrant is based on a quest for identities - who one is, whom one wants to be, and how one wants to live. There is much in common between immigrants of the past and immigrants today in terms of what they seek through diasporic life. However, one key difference relates to how they express the processes of searching for their identities. This book illuminates the ways in which Korean immigrants in Australia express their identities through autobiographies, novels, church websites, and popular weekly magazines. Korean Diaspora and Media in Australia also examines the role of the Korean immigrant church in contributing to the formation of transnational identities. Han's in-depth analysis is informed by the concepts of reflexivity and internal conversation from a tradition of critical realism. Internal conversation is enabled through human reflexivity (the regular application of mental ability) and is the process for individual agents to work out their best reactions to social conditions. Han carefully explains this process and thoughtfully applies it to the Korean community's search for identities in Australia.
Part 1 List of Figures Part 2 Preface Part 3 Notes on Korean Names and Romanisation of Korean Part 4 Abbreviations Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 Theoretical Perspectives Chapter 7 "Beyond the Australian Dream": A Business Migrant's Reconstruction of Identities Chapter 8 Reflexivity and Identities in the Materialistic Korean Church as Depicted in Foolish Jesus Chapter 9 Mediation of Religion and Ethnicity through the Internet: Korean Church Websites in Melbourne Chapter 10 Imagining and Moving towards a Cross-Cultural Congregation: An Institutional Effort to Help Individuals Construct Identities Chapter 11 Fantasy, Aspirations and Satisfaction: Identities of Young Korean Sojourners as Portrayed in The Melbourne Sky Part 12 Epilogue Part 13 References Part 14 Index