Kyeyoung Park


Professor of Anthropology

Home Department: Anthropology

Areas of Interest

Inequality (e.g., race, class, and gender); identity; migration/diaspora; transnational and global processes; critical and multicultural theory; Korean/Asian American Community; Korean/Asian Diaspora; Koreans/Asians in Latin America.




Kyeyoung Park is associate professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Her book, The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City (Cornell University Press, 1997), received the 1998 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.  Her current writing project is entitled, Migrants in the Hood: Korean Relations with Blacks and Latinos after Civil Unrest. This work includes the racial minority experiences of Koreans, Blacks, and Latinos, who were the three major players during the Uprising of 1992, by emphasizing the intersections between such communities in both empirical and theoretical senses.  She pays special attention to what Black–Korean tensions and Latino-Korean relations reveal about the dynamics and actors involved in the making of race, class, and culture within a particular historical and structural context of American society.  In a nutshell, it investigates the most controversial ethnic conflicts such as Black/Korean tension and the understudied Latino/Korean relations. She also jointly wrote a book (with Young-Kyun Yang, Okpyo Moon, Jeongduk Yi, and Su-hong Chae), Korean Americans Ethnic Relationship in Multiethnic Los Angeles (the Academy of Korean Studies, 2008), co-edited a book, Korean American Economy and Community In The 21st Century (the Korean American Economic Development Center, 2009) (with Eui-Young Yu, Hyojoung Kim, & Moonsong Oh), and edited a volume on Koreans in Latin America (under contract with University Press of Florida).   In addition, she edited/co-edited special issues of Amerasia Journal: Second Generation Asian Americans’ Ethnic Identity (1999) and How Do Asian Americans Create Places?  Los Angeles and Beyond (2008).  In 1997-98, she was a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation.  She also served on the National Advisory Board of a multi-year national public education project sponsored by the American Anthropological Association and funded by NSF and the Ford Foundation on Race and Human Variation.

Selected Research

1.  “The ‘Foxes’ Outfoxed: Contentions between Koreans and Jews in South American Textile Industries. DIALECTICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 38 (1): 17-39. (forthcoming)

2.  A Rhizomatic Diaspora: Transnational Passage and the Sense of Place among Koreans in Latin America. 2014. URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY.

3.  Black/Korean Tension: Triangulating Class at the Crossroads of Race and Ethnicity. 1995. In KOREA AND THE WORLD: STRATEGIES FOR GLOBALIZATION, 3-23. Eui Hang Shin & Yan Kim, editors. Columbia, SC: Center for Asian studies at the University of South Carolina.