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Korean Businesses in Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods: A Study of Intergroup Relations

Lucie Cheng and Yen Espiritu
Sociological Perspectives
Vol. 32, No. 4 (Winter, 1989), pp. 521-534
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/1389136
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1389136
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

This article explores why Korean merchants in Los Angeles County have not encountered the same hostility from Hispanic communities as they have from black neighborhoods. We reviewed the racial, social-psychological, and materialist explanations for intergroup antagonism. While these theories do help to predict Korean-black tension, they do not explain why such hostility has not occurred in similarly deprived but Hispanic-dominated communities. To explain this anomaly, we propose the "immigrant hypothesis" which calls attention to the high percentage of foreign-born among Korean and Hispanic populations. We argue that racial antagonism is strongest between Korean merchants and black merchants and customers, and mildest between Korean merchants and Hispanic groups.

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