[CITASA] Oh's Book on immigration, social capital and social media

Joong Oh goh at hunter.cuny.edu
Fri Mar 11 20:39:49 EST 2016

Hi Everyone,

I have just published a book on immigration, social capital and social media. Its information is briefly introduced as below.

Oh, Joong-Hwan. Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media: Messages of the American Social Institutions on a Korean-American Women’s Online Community. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016

Book Summary:

“In this new age of social media, the role of online ethnic networks is as important as offline ethnic networks—families, friends, etc.—in helping immigrants adjust to their new country. This is something that has received very little attention in the academic field of international immigration which Oh hopes to rectify through this book. He focuses on the five American social institutions (immigration, welfare, education, housing, and finance) to explore this topic through the lens of married Korean-American women.”

Review (Pyong Gap Min, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York):

In this book, Joong-Hwan Oh analyzes postings on the “Life Q & A” message board in the “Missy USA,” the largest Korean-American women’s online community, as “distinctive forms of social capital” (social resources and social support) for married Korean immigrant women. Oh has used an innovative research technique in studying immigrants’ social networks in this age of the Internet. The book is a great contribution not only to studies of Korean immigrants, but also to contemporary immigrants in general.

Thank You.

Joong-Hwan Oh
Associate Professor
Sociology Department
Hunter College-CUNY
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