it takes a village (or an ethnic economy)

Almost 6 years to turn a graduate school paper into a publication = A really long time

Getting to mention karaoke in AERJ = Priceless

My article comparing SAT prep in Korean American/Chinese American communities is finally out.  This paper will always hold a special place in my heart, not just because of the lengthy time that has passed since Draft 1 in 2006, but because it’s somewhat of a love letter (if you can call logistic regression a love letter) to the communities that have nurtured/fed me over the years, from immigrant congregations in Ohio to the bounty of KTown/The 626.  There’s a lot of messiness that happens in ethnic communities, but there’s also something special about the infrastructure that promotes togetherness in a society that’s increasingly bowling alone.

Park, J.J. (2012). It takes a village (or an ethnic economy): The varying roles of socioeconomic status, religion, and social capital in SAT Preparation for Chinese and Korean American students. American Educational Research Journal, 49(4), 624-650.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Kwang Suk Yoon on August 1, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I just received a copy of AERJ this afternoon and found your paper. I quickly glanced at a table with odd ratios for final model and to my amazement, found two variables that are significantly associated with Korean American students’ likelihood of participating in SAT: Protestant and religious sercie attendance. That’s amazing!
    As an incoming chair of the Next Generation Ministry in the Greater Washington area, I am encouraged by the findings. I look forward to read the rest of the paper.
    I hope I get a chance to talk with you about implications of your findings.


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