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Korean Familism in the Global Era: Case Study of the "Goose Dad"

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In Korea, a ‘goose family’ is a typical transnational family made possible by the space and time compression of globalization. The term refers to a separated family where the mother and children stay in an English speaking country for educational purposes while the father supports them financially by working in another country. This study investigates how a Korean middle class goose family adapts their inner cultural mechanism, a Confucian ethos, to operate within the outer mechanism of globalization, focusing on the life of the goose dad. The identity of goose dad, as the one who actively practices the cultural ethos to maintain his family, is investigated using two methodologies: narrative analysis and in-depth interviews. Interestingly, the goose dads analyzed for this study identified themselves as simultaneously tragic heroes faced with difficulties and comedic heroes overcoming those difficulties. Their mixed narrative of tragic and comedic heroism arises because they identify themselves as mediators: the worthy successors of their forebears with a duty to produce children capable of maintaining the family honor. On the other hand, the goose dads were experiencing identity crises. Globalization makes the goose family possible, but the migration of the goose mom and children essentially strips the father’s identity, leaving him only the financial duties and none of the personal duties of a father. He is therefore forced to pursue traditional Confucian values in a contemporary way, and this tension lies at the heart of the father’s identity at the interface of globalization and Korean culture.

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Jung, Gowoon. "Korean Familism in the Global Era: Case Study of the "Goose Dad"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564295_index.html>

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Jung, G. , 2012-08-16 "Korean Familism in the Global Era: Case Study of the "Goose Dad"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564295_index.html

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Abstract: In Korea, a ‘goose family’ is a typical transnational family made possible by the space and time compression of globalization. The term refers to a separated family where the mother and children stay in an English speaking country for educational purposes while the father supports them financially by working in another country. This study investigates how a Korean middle class goose family adapts their inner cultural mechanism, a Confucian ethos, to operate within the outer mechanism of globalization, focusing on the life of the goose dad. The identity of goose dad, as the one who actively practices the cultural ethos to maintain his family, is investigated using two methodologies: narrative analysis and in-depth interviews. Interestingly, the goose dads analyzed for this study identified themselves as simultaneously tragic heroes faced with difficulties and comedic heroes overcoming those difficulties. Their mixed narrative of tragic and comedic heroism arises because they identify themselves as mediators: the worthy successors of their forebears with a duty to produce children capable of maintaining the family honor. On the other hand, the goose dads were experiencing identity crises. Globalization makes the goose family possible, but the migration of the goose mom and children essentially strips the father’s identity, leaving him only the financial duties and none of the personal duties of a father. He is therefore forced to pursue traditional Confucian values in a contemporary way, and this tension lies at the heart of the father’s identity at the interface of globalization and Korean culture.


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