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OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 11, No. 2

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OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.100-121
ISSN: 2093-5498 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Jul 2021
Received 22 Jun 2021 Revised 26 Jul 2021 Accepted 30 Jul 2021

Study on the Level of Multicultural Acceptance and Perception About Multicultural Families Using the IPA Method
Saeha Park ; Suk Joon Hwang* ; Chi-hyoung Park**
State University of New York, The United States
Kongju National University, Korea
Kongju National University, Korea

* Corresponding author
** Corresponding author


This study examines how Koreans perceive multicultural families and how closely it relates to their social lives based on reliable statistics. This would reflect the attitude of Koreans when accepting multiple cultures. For social integration, it is essential to understand how Koreans feel about multicultural families, especially since such families have already become a part of the South Korean society.

This study identifies the level of multicultural acceptance of Koreans and explores the importance and achievement of multicultural acceptance components. Descriptive statistics and the IPA method were used to analyze raw data of the “2018 Multicultural Acceptance Survey” conducted by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family for a total of 4,000 Korean adults in 2018. By examining factors related to multicultural acceptance, we can identify factors that promote or suppress multicultural acceptance and can suggest policy implications. According to the results, it is necessary to continuously resolve preconceived notions and irrational negative emotions toward foreign migrants. The number of multicultural families is rapidly increasing, and the understanding of the “diverse” is changing positively in Korea where the overall understanding has become more favorable compared to the past.

Keywords: multicultural family, multicultural acceptance, multicultural society, immigration, diversity

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Biographical Note

Saeha Park is Asian Center Teaching Assistant, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Her research interests include policy analysis, social polarization, administrative statistics, governance, and demographic change. Email:

Suk Joon Hwang is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Public Administration, Kongju National University. His research interests cover policy innovation & diffusion, policy process, state law & policy, and network analysis in the public sector. Email:

Chi-hyoung Park is a Professor of the Department of Public Administration, Kongju National University. His research interests include urban policy, social change, urban planning, social problem, and statistics. Email: