RACIAL PREJUDICE AMONG KOREAN MERCHANTS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS

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  • Ronald Weitzer

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    1. George Washington University
      *Direct all correspondence to Ronald Weitzer, Department of Sociology, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052.
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*Direct all correspondence to Ronald Weitzer, Department of Sociology, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052.

Abstract

Many Korean immigrants in the United States have established small retail businesses in black communities. Relations between these merchants and neighborhood residents and customers have been problematic in a number of cities. Using in-depth interview data on a sample of Korean merchants in Washington, D.C., this article examines merchants' racial attitudes and reported interactions with African Americans. Drawing on middleman minority theory, I show how Koreans' middleman role and immigrant status condition their daily experiences with and attitudes toward African Americans and how constructions of group differences are used to advance middleman interests.

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