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"Korean Americans in (white) Sports: Immigration, Whiteness, and Sports Participation" - A lecture by the 2018 Tanaka Grant recipient

Event Type
academic, asian american, food for thought, korean american, sports, tanaka
Department of Asian American Studies and the Asian American Cultural Center
Asian American Cultural Center Lounge, 1210 Nevada St, Urbana
Nov 27, 2018   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Doo Jae Park
Free and open to the public
Kat Fuenty

“Race matters in contemporary American sports culture. Sports may be considered as a multicultural terrain having cultural fascination where is best for socialization. Immigrants (and Asian Americans), in this respect, tend to participate in sports to create cultural anchor; to
assimilateinto Americanculture. Regardlessof sports as the multicultural terrain, Asian Americans often encounter socially constructed whiteness through their sports participation. This presentation will unpack what meanings of sports participation is for Korean immigrants/Korean Americans; how they have naturalized pervasive whiteness as well as racialized themselves by sports participation.”


As part of the Food for Thought lecture series sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, Doo Jae Park, the recipient of the 2018 Jeffrey S. Tanaka Grant for research in Asian American studies, will give a talk on Korean American participation in American sports. A complimentary lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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