Migrating to the East: a qualitative investigation of acculturation and leisure activities

Junhyoung Kim, Se Hyuk Park, Eileen Malonebeach, Jinmoo Heo

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This study sought to explore leisure behaviours associated with acculturation and immigration experiences among emigrants from the United States and Canada who moved to South Korea. Three main themes were identified as leisure engagement associated with acculturation: (a) embracing new leisure behaviours, (b) experiencing dynamics of interpersonal relationships and (c) improving cultural understandings. The findings of this study indicated that leisure provided an opportunity for participants to develop the ability to adapt to a new environment and gain cultural knowledge. In addition, this study indicates that as a result of leisure activities, participants explored, understood and experienced a new cultural environment that may facilitate acculturation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-437
Number of pages17
JournalLeisure Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 3

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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