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Current myths about Asian Americans as quiet, nonproblematic, and self-managing ignore the problems faced by Korean immigrant battered women. Wife abuse is no stranger to Korean culture. This book provides insights on how Korean immigrant families' cultural conflict during their adjustment period often brings out wife abuse in their homes. The author cites attitudes toward traditionalism as a significant contributing factor, noting that couples who adhere to rigid sex-roles are more violent than couples who are less rigid. The author also illustrates differences between battered and nonbattered groups with regard to stress-evoking factors and reviews patterns in crisis management and problem-solving methods reported by battered Korean women. This is a volume that will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, and feminists.
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The book makes an important contribution to the discourse on domestic violence and does enhance our sociological understanding of cultural conflict and partner violence. It also raises important issues concerning the connections between immigration and family life, the struggles immigrants face as they negotiate their way in a new culture, the ramifications of dichotomously created cultural identities, and the role and response of communities and formal institutions to domestic violence in the United States.
–-Margaret Abraham, Journal of Asian-American Studies
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Book Description Routledge, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0815313209