Ethnographic Interviews: Second Generation Transnationalism, 2019

Ethnographic Interviews: Second Generation Transnationalism, 2019

Guidelines for Ethnographic Interviews:

Second Generation Transnationalism, 2019 Short Paper (4-6 pages; double spaced; 12 points) + two interviews:

due by February 28 (Thursday)

As part of this course, you are expected to conduct ethnographic interviews with two 2nd generation Korean Americans (18 yrs and older), who have been involved in transnational experiences, activities or activism. This project’s goal is to examine how and why 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans are involved in various kinds of transnational activities and activism. As you are well aware of, some Korean Americans continue or re-establish their transnational relationships while others break their links to their parents’ homeland and orient themselves to their country of residence. Since there has been little documentation about Korean American transnationalism, the collection of rich life stories will aid in understanding this growing population. In this qualitative research, you are interested in the “how” and “why” of answers, not simple “yes” and “no.” In some cases, it may be necessary to pursue the answers further, and ask for elaboration. Through this process, you will learn and develop qualitative research skills and methods. Your paper should analyze and include the two interviews with your personal experience. You are expected to discuss your findings with the literature from class. In conducting field research you will need to observe IRB (Institutional Review Board) protocol that are designed to protect that rights of those who become the “human subjects” of your research. It is imperative that we uphold these as well as your own ethical standards as we conduct research.


1. Cover the assigned readings on the research methodology as a way to be familiar with in-depth interviews. 2. You can start with a research question that you think you might be able to explore locally or come up with the research focus. You may be inspired by your reading. 3. This step is optional: You may find an on- or off-line short text that is related to something about the topic that already intrigues you – before or after you conduct your ethnographic interviews. You may offer a short analysis and incorporate in your paper. 4. Identify and make an appointment with your potential interviewees and obtain their permission. 5. Conduct interviews skillfully and transcribe/translate and type the interviews. Take detailed notes on interview settings, facial expressions, mannerisms, impression, attitude, response, interaction, mood, etc., based on your own observation. Later, you are expected to transcribe and type the interviews. Without rich ethnographic evidences, it is hard to write a good paper. 6. You are expected to use the prompt (interview questions), but feel free to add, delete, modify, or customize those questions. 7. Write a report about your interviews that you conducted that is in some way related to the question you began to explore. 8. Please discuss your findings in relation to at least 3 of the readings from the course. How do your findings relate to (confirm, refute, extend, challenge) the findings/arguments of class readings. You may also feel free to relate to readings that were not assigned.