Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with John H. Chi, July 1, 1985

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Introduction / education

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Partial Transcript: John, uh, would you tell me where you were born?

Segment Synopsis: Chi gives background information on where he has lived and what schools he has attended in Lexington, Kentucky. He talks about his plans for the future.

Keywords: Architecture; Glendale Elementary; Jessie Clark Middle School; Lafayette High School; Los Angeles, California; University of California, Berkeley

Subjects: Education; Lexington (Ky.).

00:01:04 - Parents' history

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Partial Transcript: Uh, can you tell me what your parents do?

Segment Synopsis: Chi discusses his parents' career and educational history and their reasons for moving to the United States.

Keywords: American Opportunities; Clermont University; Librarian; North Korea; Political science; South Korea; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Families.; Korea

00:02:43 - Being Korean in America

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to know something about, uh, the things that you do that might be--that you do because they are particularly Korean things or whether at this point in your life you are disregarding being Korean.

Segment Synopsis: Chi describes his interactions with other Korean children and his breadth of contact with Korean culture in his everyday life.

Keywords: Home language; Korean Presbyterian Church; Korean children; Second-generation; Self-segregation

Subjects: Korean Americans--Ethnic identity.; Korean Americans--Kentucky--Lexington.

00:05:12 - Assimilation

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Partial Transcript: From this interview I get the feeling that, uh, your--you really feel very much a part of the, the average American scene...

Segment Synopsis: Chi describes his peers' view on intermarriage between Korean-Americans and other Americans.

Keywords: Assimilation; Intermarriage

Subjects: Korean Americans--Ethnic identity.

00:06:31 - Visiting Korea / Korean culture

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Partial Transcript: Do you think, uh--excuse me, I'll start again.

Segment Synopsis: Chi discusses whether he has visited Korea and talks about his friends' opinions on the differences between Korean and American culture. He talks about whether he and his friends have considered living in Korea.

Keywords: Customs; Emigration; Immigration; Korean food; Korean relatives

Subjects: Korea

00:08:49 - Korean Presbyterian Church

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Partial Transcript: Let me ask you about, uh, the attitude of your Korean American young friends and yourself toward the Korean Presbyterian Church.

Segment Synopsis: Chi talks about his opinion on the Korean Presbyterian Church.

Keywords: Korean Presbyterian Church; Korean language

Subjects: Presbyterian Church

00:10:07 - Prejudice in Lexington

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Partial Transcript: Have you, uh, found any manifestation of, uh, prejudice against you or any of your friends in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Chi discusses whether he has encountered discrimination.

Keywords: Acceptance; Intelligence; Prejudice

Subjects: Discrimination.

00:10:55 - Korean identity in the future

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Partial Transcript: Uh, let me ask you about--it's a difficult question, but about the future for yourself and your friends, how important is being Korean going to be?

Segment Synopsis: Chi describes his plans for developing ties back to his Korean heritage and his family in Korea. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Korean language; Traveling to Korea

Subjects: Korean Americans--Ethnic identity.