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Romantic Love, Sexuality, and Popular Culture: A Study of Young Korean Immigrants’ Perspectives

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This article reports the findings from a study of Korean, immigrant girls’ views of American popular culture (i.e., Disney films). This article focuses on their perspectives of sexuality and concepts related to romantic love. First, we explore their impressions of what characteristics seemed important in being loved by others and what characteristics they consider in finding others to love. We then discuss their thoughts on physical attractiveness, which were particularly complicated. Next, we scrutinize what “being female” means in light of these films’ messages and the traditional Korean values that their families still expressed. Finally, we discuss implications for educators and researchers.

Keywords: children’s popular culture; classroom pedagogy; romantic love; sexuality; values education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Miami University 2: Indiana University

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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