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OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.1-25
ISSN: 2093-5498 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Jul 2020
Received 04 Jan 2019 Revised 02 May 2019 Accepted 24 Dec 2019

An Examination of the Linkage between the National Identity of Parents and Children: Evidence from Multicultural Families in South Korea
Hoyong Jung
Chonnam National University, South Korea


Multicultural families are increasing in South Korea, and understanding their particular characteristics is crucial to integrating them into the majority. By exploiting a panel dataset of Korean immigrant families, the study focuses on the linkage between the national identity of parents and children, which plays a central role in Korean society. I find that parents’ strong Korean identity is positively related to children’s national identity as Koreans. In addition, I examine which underlying channels influence these relations, expecting that household income and the language mainly used provide the most substantial explanation for these results. The study suggests that the government should consider these socio-economic aspects when introducing relevant policies to integrate multicultural youth into Korean society.

Keywords: national identity, multicultural family, South Korea, integration, fixed effect estimation

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Biographical Note

Hoyong Jung is an assistant professor in the department of economics at Chonnam National University, South Korea. He worked as a deputy director of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of South Korea from 2010 to 2019. He holds a Ph. D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.