Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Ehrentraut, A.


Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.




The present study examines change in the tradition of filial piety among Korean immigrants in Calgary. Based on a sample of 85 respondents consisting of both the aged parents and their oldest son or only son/daughter, the study found that the case of Korean-Canadians presents an anomaly in the theories of modernization and inter-ethnic group relations. There are particular aspects of the Korean-Canadian group, such as its recent history in Canada and the social and structural barriers, which are not considered within the modernization, assimilation, and cultural pluralist models. This study also shows that cultural resources and structural pressures are both significant aspects in fully understanding the Korean-Canadian situation. For example, it is argued that both the family centred culture of Koreans and such structural conditions as discrimination and occupational segregation make the extended form of residence most logical for Korean-Canadians. One of the predominating characteristics of the Korean-Canadian sample was ethnic attachment and high levels of ethnic association. This is explained as a result of societal barriers that Korean-Canadians experience as a group. Furthermore, the significance of ethnicity was found to be one of the strongest factors in the maintenance of traditional culture of filial piety. Prescriptions and sanctions are explained to be more salient with closer and more frequent contact with one's ethnic community.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .K55. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0140. Adviser: Adolf Ehrentraut. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.