Influence of cultural differences on dress style and identity changes of South Korean female college students in the United States
Kim, Min Ju
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Due to the growing numbers of Korean students in the United States, understanding them and their acculturation process is a very important issue for the United States. The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of cultural differences between South Korea and the United States on Korean students dress style and identity changes while living in the United States. The study also explored the influence of South Korean students dress style changes on their identity changes during their studies in the United States. Five interviews were conducted with Korean female students enrolled in the University of Georgia during spring semester of 2008. Qualitative data was analyzed according to a content analysis. The data proved that cultural differences of South Korea and the United States influenced the dress style of Korean female students. The cultural differences and dress style changes influenced the identity of Korean female students.