Hagwons and their supplemental education programs in Georgia's growing Korean immigrant community
Nalty, Keisha Janice
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For many years, there have been a growing number of ethnic supplemental education programs in Koreatown, which may positively impact the college attendance and success of Korean children, even those who may not have access to high-quality urban public education and whose parents struggle to survive economically. This study explored the nature of the educational and cultural experiences of Korean American students in supplemental education programs that serve as educational and cultural institutions as well as local equivalents to hagwons and are transplanted from the home country of South Korea. Such programs could potentially set Korean American students on a better course of survival and success compared to other minority students while creating extremely successful co-ethnic networks and similar strategies could be used in a variety of communities throughout the Untied States. Though designed separately, the key aspects of such initiatives create a promising supplemental system that can be useful for other ethnic minorities throughout the country.