“I Needed to Get Out of My Korean Bubble”: An Ethnographic Account of Korean American Collegians Juggling Diversity in a Religious Context


Julie J. Park is an assistant professor in the College of Education (Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education) at the University of Maryland, College Park.


This ethnographic account highlights four Korean American students deciding between participating in a racially diverse campus fellowship versus an ethnically homogeneous group. Despite religious convictions about the importance of diversity, students experienced tensions between their ideals concerning diversity and the difficulty of actually implementing such values. Findings show how religion can mediate how students make sense of race relations and campus diversity. Implications for cross-racial interaction and the campus climate for diversity are discussed.[religion, Asian American, Korean American, diversity, race relations, campus climate, higher education]