Kyeyoung Park

Associate Professor

UCLA Anthropology
383 Haines Hall
Box 951553
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Ph.D., City University of New York, 1990

Areas of Interest

Social Inequality, Identity, Migration and Transnationalism, Political Economy and Globalization, Critical and Multicultural Theory, Korean/Asian American Community, Korean/Asian Diaspora, and Koreans/Asians in Latin America


Kyeyoung Park is associate professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies and a (formerly) Deputy Program Chair on Koreans in the Americas Project at the UCLA Center for Korean Studies (funded by The Academy of Korean Studies).  She also taught at Princeton University from 1998 to 1999.  She attended Seoul National University in South Korea before coming to the United States for graduate study at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, where she obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology.

Her book, The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City (1997), by Cornell University Press, is the winner of the 1998 Outstanding Book Award in History and Social Science from the Association for Asian American Studies. 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 (2008), published by the Academy of Korean Studies, co-edited a book, Korean American Economy and Community In The 21st Century (2009) (with Eui-Young Yu, Hyojoung Kim, & Moonsong Oh), published by the Korean American Economic Development Center, 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.


  • 2012 Analysis of Latino-Korean Relations in the Workplace: Latino Perspectives in the Aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest. AMERASIA JOURNAL 38 (1): 143-169.
  • 2009 KOREAN AMERICAN ECONOMY AND COMMUNITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY.  Co-edited with Eui-Young Yu, Hyojoung Kim, & Moonsong Oh). Los Angeles: Korean American Economic Development Center.
  • 2008  The Contested Nexus of Los Angeles Koreatown: Capital Restructuring, Gentrification, and Displacement (with Jessica Kim).   AMERASIA JOURNAL 34 (3): 127-150.
  • 2008 How Do Asian Americans Create Places? Los Angeles and Beyond. Special Issue of AMERASIA JOURNAL (Ed).
  • 2008  KOREAN AMERICANS ETHNIC RELATIONSHIP IN MULTIETHNIC LOS ANGELES (with Young-Kyun Yang, Okpyo Moon, Jeongduk Yi, and Su- hong Chae); in Korean).  The Academy of Korean Studies.
  • 2004 Challenging the Liquor Industry In Los Angeles. International
    Journal of Sociology And Public Publicy 24 (7/8): 103-136.
  • 1999 'I’m Floating in the Air': Creation of a Korean Transnational Space among Korean-Latino-American Re-Migrants.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 7(3): 667-695.
  • 1999 ‘I Really Do Feel I’m 1.5!’: the Construction of Self and Community by Young Korean American. Amerasia Journal 25(1): 139-164
  • 1997 The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • 1996 Use and Abuse of Race and Culture: Black/Korean Tension in America. American Anthropologist 98(3):492-499.